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ACTIVE AND PASSIVE SOLAR ARCHITECTURE

ACTIVE AND PASSIVE SOLAR ARCHITECTURE

The term solar (active and passive) architecture refers to an approach to building design that is sensitive to Nature and takes advantage…

SUSTAINABLE BUILDING DESIGN

SUSTAINABLE BUILDING DESIGN

Sustainable development is development which meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generation...

INTRODUCTION OF PASSIVE DESIGN

INTRODUCTION OF PASSIVE DESIGN

Passive design reduces or eliminates the need for auxiliary heating or cooling, which accounts for about 40% of energy use in the...

BUILDING ORIENTATION FOR PASSIVE DESIGN

BUILDING ORIENTATION FOR PASSIVE DESIGN

Good orientation can increase the energy efficiency of your building, making it more comfortable to live in and cheaper to run...

CLASSIFICATION OF PASSIVE TECHNIQUES

CLASSIFICATION OF PASSIVE TECHNIQUES

The Passive techniques has been classified under the following: 1. Passive Cooling 2. Passive Heating 3. Passive Day-lighting..

PASSIVE ARCHITECTURE IN DIFFERENT CLIMATE

PASSIVE ARCHITECTURE IN DIFFERENT CLIMATE

Energy and architecture form a natural marriage if indoor comfort and respect for environment are secured...

HOW PASSIVE SOLAR HEATING WORKS

PASSIVE SOLAR HEATING DESIGN PRINCIPLES

Passive solar heating is the least expensive way to heat your home. Put simply, design for passive solar heating aims to keep out summer…

PASSIVE HEATING AND COOLING TECHNIQUES

PASSIVE HEATING AND COOLING TECHNIQUES

Passive heating technique generally used in cold climates. Passive cooling is especially useful in hot and humid or hot and dry climates...

PASSIVE COOLING

PASSIVE COOLING

To be comfortable, buildings in all climates require some form of cooling at some time of the year. The most appropriate passive cooling...

ROOF SPACE

PASSIVE COOLING DESIGN PRINCIPLES

To achieve thermal comfort in cooling applications, building envelopes are designed to minimise daytime heat gain, maximise night-time...

FLOOR PLANNING

PLANNING ACCORDING TO PASSIVE SOLAR HEATING

Plan carefully to ensure passive solar gain to the rooms that most need it. This plan places living areas to the north...

HOT DRY CLIMATES

SHADING ACCORDING TO CLIMATE SPECIFIC RESPONSES

In high humidity climates and hot dry climates with warm winters, shade the building and outdoor living spaces throughout the year…

CLIMATE SPECIFIC DESIGN PRINCIPLES

CLIMATE SPECIFIC DESIGN PRINCIPLES

Climate specific design responses and passive cooling methods are different for: 1) hot humid climates where cooling only is required…

GENERAL GUIDELINES FOR ALL CLIMATES

BUILDING SHADING

Direct sun can generate the same heat as a single bar radiator over each square metre of a surface, but effective shading can block...

FIXED SHADING

FIXED SHADING DEVICES

Fixed shading devices can regulate solar access on northern elevations throughout the year, without requiring any user effort...

WHOLE OF HOUSE FANS

HYBRID COOLING SYSTEM

Hybrid cooling systems are whole house cooling solutions that employ a variety of cooling options in the most efficient and effective way...

ENERGY EFFICIENT HOME DESIGN

ENERGY EFFICIENT HOME DESIGN

Using energy efficiency principles when designing your home will help you live more comfortably and save money! An Energy Smart home…

TEN TIPS FOR SMART HOME DESIGN

TEN TIPS FOR SMART HOME DESIGN

Once you’ve made the decision to build rather than buy your next home, the biggest step after finding the right building lot is to design...

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