Bioclimatic Housing - Innovative Designs for Warm Climates by Richard Hyde

By Richard Hyde

• A landmark textual content from the overseas power organisation on sustainable structure in hotter climates• makes use of the strategy of bioclimatic housing to discover how sustainable structure interacts with its surroundings• Explores more than a few international case reviews from the center East, Asia, Europe and Australasia, forming an outline of suggestions and displaying how those may be constructed into practiceIn the quest for sustainable structure there's starting to be curiosity among architects, designers and engineers within the dating among nature and layout. The time period ‘bioclimatic’, often with regards to the dynamic among weather and residing organisms, is utilized through the authors in targeting nations the place housing calls for cooling for an important a part of the 12 months and proposing either the speculation and perform of leading edge, low-energy structure. Having set out new definitions of bioclimatic housing, the publication interweaves the subjects of social growth, technological recommendations and advancements inside of a dialogue of world and nation developments. With case stories from Iran, Malaysia, Australia, Japan, Sri Lanka and Italy, this can be a actually foreign and authoritative paintings, ready below the auspices of a 5-year foreign power company (IEA) project.Richard Hyde is Director of the Centre for Sustainable layout on the college of Queensland, Australia.

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1). Bioclimatic housing: Improving life-cycle performance Chapter 2 examines the trends towards improving the sustainability of housing through a variety of measures. This includes government initiatives regarding planning and energy use that achieve a level of sustainability through bioclimatic principles and promotion. These issues are discussed with examples from a range of countries. Increasingly, with the design of buildings focusing on a performance model with regard to environmental impacts, a concern for life-cycle performance is at the centre of bioclimatic housing.

Increased permeability creates places of refuge and external rooms for the occupants to use during periods of high temperatures. Linked to water features, these create a passive alternative to air conditioning. (b) (b) (c) (c) Selecting mechanical systems that work with building planning and the building’s envelope Source: Nobuyuki Sunaga Plant and equipment are defined as the mechanical systems in a building. The types of systems favoured in housing are those that are driven by renewable energy.

This includes the use of light-coloured external surfaces, shading, lower U values for transparent elements, such as windows, appropriate glazing ratios and higher levels of insulation, including radiant barriers (critical for rejecting heat). The capital cost of improving the performance is offset against reduced life-cycle costs, including energy costs and maintenance. qxd 10/13/2007 12:47 PM Page 17 OVERVIEW Greenland, J. (1991) Foundations of Architectural Science: Heat, Light, Sound, University of Technology Sydney, Faculty of Design Architecture and Building, New South Wales Olgyay, V.

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