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Climate-responsive design of traditional dwellings in the cold-arid regions of Tibet and a field investigation of indoor environments in winter

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Neveen Hamza



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tPassive design methods are important in informing current and future energy conservation efforts andsustainable building design. Traditional buildings use passive methods to respond to their local climateand improve the indoor thermal environments. In this study, the climate-responsive design of traditionaldwellings in the cold arid region of Tibet was investigated through field measurements performed in adwelling in Lhasa during winter. The study attempts to evaluate the effectiveness of traditional passivesolutions, and the subjective responses of local inhabitants to thermal comfort in the traditional dwellingswere evaluated with a questionnaire survey. The results of the study showed that passive solutions areeffective at improving indoor environments in winter conditions, but could not achieve adaptive thermalcomfort between 16.4◦C and 24◦C without intermittent active sources of heating from a stove or electricheaters. However the results of the survey revealed that local Tibetan residents were satisfied and moretolerant to lower thermal comfort expectations as they appreciated the sentimental value of these houses.The authors also found that protection from the cold, the utilization of solar radiation and heat storage toregulate the high diurnal temperatures are the major concerns in winter when traditional passive designplans are implemented in severe climates.

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Author(s): Lingjiang H, Hamza N, Bing L, Dava Z

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Energy and Buildings

Year: 2016

Volume: 128

Pages: 697-712

Print publication date: 15/09/2016

Online publication date: 18/07/2016

Acceptance date: 05/07/2016

Date deposited: 18/11/2016

ISSN (print): 0022-202X

ISSN (electronic): 1523-1747

Publisher: Elsevier


DOI: 10.1016/j.enbuild.2016.07.006


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