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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.
Author(s): Lingjiang H, Hamza N, Bing L, Dava Z
Publication type: Article
Publication status: Published
Journal: Energy and Buildings
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
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