Tropical Architecture




1.0 Climate 1.1. Climatic factors 1.2. Climatic elements 1.3. Microclimatic conditions 2.0 World Climates 2.1. Thermal Comforts 2.2. Microclimate 2.3. Tropical Climate 2.4. Tropical Design 2.5. Characteristics of Tropical Climate 3.0 Heat Transfer 3.1 Conduction 3.2 Convection 3.3 Radiation 3.4 Evaporation Condensation 4.0 Passive Cooling 4.1 Building Configuration 4.2 Building Orientation 4.3 Solar control devices (sun shading devices) 5.0 Wind and Natural Ventilation 5.1 Stack effect/ Chimney effect 5.2 Cross ventilation


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Climate Weather describes the variations which occur in the atmosphere on a daily basis Climate is a measure of the typical weather found at a place.

A diagram showing the earth’s climatic zones. <Philippines at the right side> Equable climate - This means 'lack of extremes' • Does not usually receive long periods of hot or cold weather, or long periods of prolonged drought or rainfall • Usually that of cool summers, steady rainfall and mild winters.


1.1 Climate of the Philippines • The Climate of the Philippines is tropical and maritime o Relatively high temperature o High humidity and o Abundant rainfall o Temperature, humidity, and rainfall are the most important elements of the country's weather and climate.

Temperature Philippines • Mean annual temperature is 26.6o C. • Coolest months - January (25.5oC) • Warmest month – May (28.3oC) • Latitude is an insignificant factor in the variation of temperature • Altitude shows greater contrast in temperature. o Baguio - altitude of 1,500 meters is 18.3oC. o Comparable with those in the temperate climate\ o Known as the summer capital of the Philippines. o There is essentially no difference in the mean annual temperature of places in Luzon, Visayas or Mindanao measured at or near sea level. Humidity Humidity - the moisture content of the atmosphere. • • • • Philippines has a high relative humidity. Average monthly relative humidty - 71 percent (March) and 85 percent (September) The combination of warm temperature and high relative and absolute humidities give rise to high sensible temperature March to May- Uncomfortable (temperature and humidity at maximum levels.)

Rainfall • • • Most important climatic element in the Philippines. Varies from one region to another, depending upon the direction of the moisture-bearing winds and the location of the mountain systems Mean annual rainfall of the Philippines varies from 965 to 4,064 millimeters annually. o Baguio City, eastern Samar, and eastern Surigao receive the greatest amount of rainfall


o the southern portion of Cotabato receives the least amount of rain. (978 millimeters.) Seasons Using temperature and rainfall as bases, the climate of the country can be divided into two major seasons (1) The rainy season (June to November) (2) The dry season (December to May) a. Cool dry season (December to February) b. Hot dry season (March to May) Prevailing Wind in the Philippines : Amihan (NE) – November to April Habagat (SW) - May to October Sky Conditions – Overcast Sky most of the time; a lot of reflected heat/ solar gain Precipitation – high during the year – average of 1000mm/yr


four climate types are recognized. 6 .very desirable for agriculture and industrial development. humidity and cloudiness are due to the influence of typhoons • Originate in the region of the Marianas and Caroline Islands of the Pacific Ocean (same latitudinal location as Mindanao • Northwesterly direction.TROPICAL ARCHITECTURE Climate Types Based on the distribution of rainfall. sparing Mindanao from being directly hit by majority of the typhoons that cross the country o Southern Philippines . which are described as follows: Typhoons • Have a great influence on the climate and weather conditions of the Philippines • A great portion of the rainfall.

Ocean Currents .Ocean currents can increase or reduce temperatures. temperatures can be very hot and dry  Moisture from the sea evaporates before it reaches the centre of the continent. Direction of Prevailing Winds • Winds that blow from the sea often bring rain to the coast and dry weather to inland areas Relief • Climate can be affected by mountains • Mountains receive more rainfall than low lying areas because the temperature on top of mountains is lower than the temperature at sea level 7 .TROPICAL ARCHITECTURE 1. o In the summer.2 Climatic factors • • • • • • • Distance From The Sea Ocean Currents Direction of Prevailing Winds Relief Proximity To The Equator The El Nino Phenomenon Recently. it has been accepted that human activity is also affecting climate Distance From The Sea (Continentality) • Coastal areas are cooler and wetter than inland areas • Clouds form when warm air from inland areas meets cool air from the sea • The centers of continents are subject to a large range of temperatures.

El Nino • A wind and rainfall patterns • Blamed for droughts and floods in countries around the Pacific Rim • Refers to the irregular warming of surface water in the Pacific. air becomes thinner . It is cooler as the heat is spread over a wider area. 8 . The warmer water pumps energy and moisture into the atmosphere. Proximity To The Equator The Earth's Position in Relation to the Sun • The equator receives the more sunlight than anywhere else on earth o Due to its position in relation to the sun o Equator is hotter because the sun has less area to heat o Cooler at the north and south poles as the sun has more area to heat up.less able to absorb and retain heat.TROPICAL ARCHITECTURE • o Snow on the top of mountains all year round The higher the place is above sea level the colder it will be o As altitude increases. altering global wind and rainfall patterns.

o A reduction in trees will therefore have increased the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. Trees were cut down to provide wood for fires o Trees take in carbon dioxide and produce oxygen.Moist with adequate precipitation in all months and no dry season. The Köppen system uses a letter coding scheme to classify climate. Industrial Revolution (end of 19th Century) o Invention of the motor engine and the increased burning of fossil fuels have increased the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere o The number of trees being cut down has also increased o The extra carbon dioxide produced cannot be changed into oxygen. and D climates. • Köppen climate classification system The Köppen climate classification system .Polar climates The second letter relates to the seasonality of precipitation Third letter relates to an additional temperature qualifier. • • • • • A .one of the most widely used systems for classifying climate • • • • Easy to understand Data requirements are minimal Empirical system Largely based on annual and monthly means of temperature and precipitation. The five main groups of climates are designated by capital letters.Warm temperate climates D . This letter usually accompanies the A.TROPICAL ARCHITECTURE Human Influence • • The factors above affect the climate naturally. all but the dry climates being thermally defined. C.Subarctic climates (sometimes identified as "snow" or "boreal" climates) E .Dry climates (sometimes identified as "arid" climates) C . • f . There are three levels of letter coding except for the A-type climates.Tropical climates (sometimes identified as "equatorial" climates) B . 9 .

• b .Warm summer with the warmest month below 22°C (72°F). To further denote variations in climate.Hot summers where the warmest month is over 22°C (72°F). Equator = Philippine Geographical Location is just few longitudes away from the equator o Suffer direct sunlight and heat.There is a dry season in the winter of the respective hemisphere (lowsun season). dry season in monsoon type cycle.Very cold winters with the coldest month below -38°C (-36°F) in the D climate only.TROPICAL ARCHITECTURE • • • m .There is a dry season in the summer of the respective hemisphere (high-sun season). s .Dry-cold with a mean annual temperature less than 18°C (64°F) in B climates only For the B-type (dry) climates the first two letters are combined. Typical Climatic Factors in Philippines • • Sun = The Sun emits heat which causes the Philippine Climate to go high in temperature or drop to 15 Degrees Celsius. • c .Rainforest climate in spite of short.Dry-hot with a mean annual temperature over 18°C (64°F) in B climates only. • a . • d . a third letter was added to the code. These can be found in C and D climates. Global Warming: Philippine Climate goes high or sometimes low El Nino . short summers with less than four months over 10°C (50°F) in the C and D climates. BW for desert and BS for steppe • The third letter is used to subdivide these on the basis of temperature Additional Informations. These can also be found in C and D climates. which cause two seasons: Wet and Dry Season. • k . • h .affected by the abnormal heating of the Pacific which produces stormy climate.Cool. w . This letter only applies to A climates. • • 10 .

11 . Both westerlies and trade winds blow away from the 30 ° latitude belt.5 degrees. The closer a place is to the poles. which is tilted at 23. The tropical deserts. the rays arrive at an angle to the surface and are less intense. exist under these regions. South of the equator. In all other cases. These rays transmit the highest level of energy when they strike the earth at a right angle (90 °).3 Climatic elements Some facts about climate The sun's rays hit the equator at a direct angle between 23 ° N and 23 ° S latitude. Air slowly descends to replace the air that blows away. • • • • Over large areas centered at 30 ° latitude. • • • The trade winds of the two hemispheres meet near the equator. Radiation that reaches the atmosphere here is at its most intense. Our climate system is based on the location of these hot and cold air-mass regions and the atmospheric circulation created by trade winds and westerlies. The resulting bands of cloudy and rainy weather near the equator create tropical conditions. Seasons The Earth rotates about its axis. • • • • This tilt and the sun's radiation result in the Earth's seasons. they blow from the southeast. the smaller the angle and therefore the less intense the radiation. clouds and rain develop. The sun emits rays that hit the earth's surface at different angles. surface winds are light. Westerlies steer storms from west to east across middle latitudes. Trade winds north of the equator blow from the northeast.TROPICAL ARCHITECTURE 1. Temperatures in these areas tend to be the hottest places on earth. As the rising air cools. causing the air to rise. Westerlies blow from the southwest on the Northern Hemisphere and from the northwest in the Southern Hemisphere. Any moisture the air contains evaporates in the intense heat. such as the Sahara of Africa and the Sonoran of Mexico.

Pressure systems • Places dominated by low pressure tend to be moist • Those dominated by high pressure are dry. different parts of the Earth receive higher and lower levels of radiant energy. As the Earth rotates on it's tilted axis around the sun. which in turn determines the temperature of the air above. This creates the seasons. tend to be cooler. • Location relative to source regions of air masses in part determines the variation of the day-to-day weather and long-term climate of a place. so long as there is water available. Air masses • Subsumes the characteristics of temperature. humidity. • The long-term state of the atmosphere is a function of a variety of interacting elements o Solar radiation o Air masses o Pressure systems (and cyclone belts) o Ocean Currents o Topography Solar radiation • Probably the most important element of climate. • The seasonality of precipitation is affected by the seasonal movement of global and regional pressure systems o Climates located at 10o to 15o of latitude 12 .TROPICAL ARCHITECTURE • Other locations. or climate. and stability. Just about all the characteristics of climate can be traced back to the receipt of solar radiation. • Unequal heating of the Earth's surface creates pressure gradients that result in wind.the study of the long-term state of the atmosphere. which affects cloud development and precipitation. • The receipt of solar radiation drives evaporation. • Heating of the air determines its stability. where the sun's rays hit at lesser angles. Climatology . • Solar radiation heats the Earth's surface. o Stormy climate of the midlatitudes is a product of lying in the boundary zone of greatly contrasting air masses called the polar front.

13 . • Air temperatures are affected by slope and orientation o Slopes facing into the Sun will be warmer than those facing away • Temperature also decreases as one moves toward higher elevations. • • Ocean Currents • Ocean currents greatly affect the temperature and precipitation of a climate.TROPICAL ARCHITECTURE Wet period when dominated by the Intertropical Convergence Zone • Dry period when the Subtropical High moves into this region. Topography The orientation of mountains to the prevailing wind affects precipitation. o On tall mountains a zonation of climate occurs as you move towards higher elevation. • Leeward sides of mountains are in the rain shadow o Receive less precipitation. • Air masses traveling over warm ocean currents promote instability and precipitation o Warm ocean water keeps air temperatures somewhat warmer than locations just inland from the coast during the winter. o Asia is impacted by the annual fluctuation of wind direction due to the monsoon. especially in the low latitudes. o Mountains have nearly the same affect as latitude does on climate. o Places dominated by high pressure tend to lack cloud cover and hence receive significant amounts of sunshine. Pressure dominance also affects the receipt of solar radiation. • Windward slopes. those facing into the wind o Experience more precipitation due to orographic uplift of the air. • Climates bordering cold currents tend to be drier o Cold ocean water helps stabilize the air o Inhibit cloud formation and precipitation. o Air traveling over cold ocean currents loses energy to the water  Moderate the temperature of nearby coastal locations.

therefore.affects the vertical path of air in a locale and. • Air ascending a mountain o Decreases in pressure o Releases moisture in the form of rain or snow. Topography . Microclimatic conditions depend on the following factors • Temperature • Humidity • Wind and turbulence • Dew • Frost • Heat balance • Evaporation • Soil type – considerable o Sandy soils and other coarse. • Vegetation . loose. o Can insulate the soil below o Reduce temperature variability. o The strongest gradients of temperature and humidity occur just above and below the terrestrial surface. o Complexities of microclimate are necessary for the existence of a variety of life forms because o strongly contrasting microclimates in close proximity provide a total environment in which many species of flora and fauna can coexist and interact. o Sites of exposed soil then exhibit the greatest temperature variability.TROPICAL ARCHITECTURE 1. the relative humidity and air circulation. • Within a few metres or less above and below the Earth’s surface and within canopies of vegetation • Usually applies to the surfaces of terrestrial and glaciated environments • Also pertain to the surfaces of oceans and other bodies of water.controls the flux of water vapour into the air through transpiration. o Soils of lighter colour reflect more and respond less to daily heating. • As the air proceeds down the leeward side of the mountain o Compressed 14 . and dry soils are subject to high maximum and low minimum surface temperatures. o Ability of the soil to absorb and retain moisture.4 Microclimatic Conditions • Any climatic condition in a relatively small area. which depends on the composition of the soil and its use.

hotter conditions An undulating landscape can also produce microclimatic variety through the air motions produced by differences in density.TROPICAL ARCHITECTURE o Heated o Promotes drier. • The microclimates of a region are defined by  Moisture  Temperature  Winds of the atmosphere near the ground  Vegetation  Soil  Latitude  Elevation  Season  Weather is also influenced by microclimatic conditions. which promotes the persistence of the dry atmosphere. o Wet ground promotes evaporation and increases atmospheric humidity o The drying of bare soil creates a surface crust that inhibits ground moisture from diffusing upward. and so are important to the hydrologic cycle —the processes involved in the circulation of the Earth’s waters. 15 . Microclimates control evaporation and transpiration from surfaces and influence precipitation.

the sensation of physical well being in relation to body heat loss to the surroundings • • Internal body temperature is comfortable at 36. and what animals will inhabit it. or rainy periods. • Long-term weather of that area (at least 30 years). and one-third of wall area. recommended to be not less than one-tenth of floor area.the exchange of body heat with ambient air.0 World Climates Climate – the characteristic condition of the atmosphere near the earth's surface at a certain place on earth. 4 physical ways The heat exchange between the body and its surroundings takes place in four physical ways: • Conduction . o Select the proper materials. seasons and weather extremes like hurricanes. droughts. • Factors determining an area's climate o Air temperature o Precipitation. depending on the difference in temperature between the body and the air and also air movement o Ambient temperature is comfortable at 26°C. Components of a BIODOME • Climate • Plants • Animals 2. o It is not advisable to wear wool and heavy clothing in hot weather.5°-37°C.the transmission of heat from materials in contact with the skin.1 Thermal Comfort Thermal comfort . • Includes the region's general pattern of weather conditions. The climate of a region will determine what plants will grow there. World biomes are controlled by climate. o Window openings allow air exchange. and finishes in warm climate. • 16 . Convection . coverings. There is continuous exchange of heat between the human body and its surroundings.TROPICAL ARCHITECTURE 2.

 Air speed does not decrease the temperature but causes a cooling sensation through heat loss by convection and increased evaporation. o Stack effect . o The body loses heat through evaporation or perspiration depending on clothing worn. o Heat from the ceiling is reported to affect us more than heat from walls.occurs when the temperature of surrounding air and surfaces is above 25°C. o Green roofs. o Relative humidity (the amount of moisture in the air as percentage of the maximum moisture the air can contain at a certain temperature and pressure)  Affects heat loss by evaporation. o Humans normally lose one liter of water per day due to perspiration and respiration. o Light-colored paint on external walls is recommended in hot climate because it will reflect solar radiation. o Buildings and homes are comfortable when planned and designed according to topography and wind direction. relative humidity. climbing plants. o Poorly insulated buildings have hot internal surfaces. and it takes heat from the body and its surroundings to evaporate it. The hot air will be replaced by cool air entering through the lower openings. ceiling.TROPICAL ARCHITECTURE o Operable windows are preferable to fixed glass windows. • Long-wave radiation .2 Microcllimate 17 . and koi ponds reduce temperature of roofs and walls and internal surfaces. and floors.heat transfer between the human body and the surrounding internal surfaces like the walls. • 2. the cooling effect of evaporation is not possible even if relative humidity is below 100 percent. Evaporation . and air movement. o Sunshades and shutters reduce sunlight penetration.the tendency of warm air to rise and go out through the opening in the higher level. o Ceiling height and thermal property of ceiling and wall materials are therefore important considerations in designing homes and buildings.  If the surrounding air has higher temperature than the skin. temperature. o Natural night ventilation should be allowed indoors to reduce air temperature during hot weather.

or with active microclimate control devices. both by overshadowing large areas and by channeling strong winds to ground level. and asphalt absorb the sun's energy. Also refer to purpose made environments. o Commonly created and carefully maintained in museum display and storage environments. o Slope or aspect of an area. o The area in a developed industrial park may vary greatly from a wooded park nearby • Natural flora in parks absorb light and heat in leaves • Building roof or parking lot just radiates back into the air • Widespread use of solar collection can mitigate overheating of urban environments by absorbing sunlight and putting it to work instead of heating the foreign surface objects. • Wind effects around tall buildings are assessed as part of a microclimate study. o Cities often raise the average temperature by zoning. • 2.TROPICAL ARCHITECTURE Microclimate . and reradiate that heat to the ambient air: the resulting urban heat island is a kind of microclimate. such as those in a room or other enclosure.local atmospheric zone where the climate differs from the surrounding area • • May refer to areas as small as a few square feet (for example a garden bed) or as large as many square miles (for example a valley). concrete. heat up. and a sheltered position can reduce the severity of winter. • Roof gardening exposes plants to more extreme temperatures in both summer and winter. 18 . Examples o Near bodies of water which may cool the local atmosphere o In heavily urban areas where brick. • South-facing slopes in the Northern Hemisphere and north-facing slopes in the Southern Hemisphere are exposed to more direct sunlight than opposite slopes and are therefore warmer for longer. • Tall buildings create their own microclimate. such as silica gel.3 Tropical Climate A tropical climate is a climate of the tropics. • Passive methods.

Use orientation and shading to eliminate direct sun on walls 5. Correctly sized eaves can provide permanent shade to north and south windows and walls (northern verandas make sense 7.TROPICAL ARCHITECTURE • Köppen climate classification o Non-arid climate in which all twelve months have mean temperatures above 18 °C (64 °F). Naturally comfortable houses are low energy houses 2. Minimize east and west wall areas and avoid windows on east and western walls to prevent low morning and afternoon sun heating up the house 6. tropical temperature remains relatively constant throughout the year and seasonal variations are dominated by precipitation Tropical Designs Considerations 1. o With season. Light colored roofs (or zinc alum) reflect the heat 4. Ceiling fans provide low energy cooling if you only use them whilst rooms are occupied 3. Plant tall trees on the east and west sides of the house to shade walls 19 .

Dirty fly-screens block more breeze. Light coloured well ventilated roofs: foil/sisalation 2. Design for Air-Condition 20 . 4. Other roofs: R1. louvres) that can be opened Orientate house to catch the breeze (whilst still minimizing sun on east and west walls) A long narrow floor plan catches the breeze best. Consider leaving half roof un-shaded if solar panels are to be used Design for Natural Ventilation Use the breeze for cross ventilation through openings in opposite walls and internal partitions Maximize the area of windows (e.TROPICAL ARCHITECTURE 8.g.then you can enjoy the cooling effect of rain. Trees and shrubs act to cool the air passing through the house. Unshaded. Shelter windows with louvres. Consider using operable/removable fly-screen shutters Minimum Insulation Standard 1. Full shading of wall is much more important than wall R-value. canopies. masonry walls store heat and release it well into the night. Roof space ventilation draws the heat out.5 batts and foil/sisalation 3. Tall trees on north and south shade roof (minimized mid-height foliage to let breeze through for naturally ventilated houses). Don't use exposed concrete on ground immediately outside the house as it heats the air. shutters or fixed overhangs .

4. Windows 1. Energy costs will be high when air-conditioning is running and comfort levels will be low when air conditioning is switched off. the less energy air-conditioning will use. Keep the heat and moisture out and the cool in! 4. Combined Air-Conditioning and Naturally Ventilated Houses 1. A square floor plan minimizes external wall area and therefore reduces cooling energy loss through walls. and the less glass area.TROPICAL ARCHITECTURE NOTE: House designs depending on full air-conditioning for comfort are not very suitable for our tropical climate nor environmentally sensitive. Heavy snug fitting curtains and pelmets prevent cooling energy loss from radiation and air flow against glass 3. 3.g. so you don't have to air-condition all the time 2. The better your house seals and is insulated. Medium sized with the greatest possible operable area per window. Exposed heavy construction materials (e. Occupants can have difficulty acclimatizing to outside temperatures 2. concrete and bricks) inside insulation barrier store cooling energy. Many houses in tropical regions have some air conditioned spaces and some naturally ventilated spaces or the same spaces are naturally ventilated and air-conditioned at different times 21 . 1. Shade walls and choose the highest wall R-value (lowest U-value) possible. and placed for cross ventilation.

There is abundant rainfall due to the active vertical uplift or convection of air that takes place there. the wet season occurs from May to July  Southern Hemisphere from November to February.4 Characteristics of Tropical Climate • • Much of the equatorial belt within the tropical climate zone experiences hot and humid weather. • Tropical rainforest climate (Af): • • All twelve months have average precipitation of at least 60 mm (2.4 in).22°C o Temperature .little variation throughout the year o The seasons are distinguished not as warm and cold periods but by variation of rainfall and cloudiness  Greatest rainfall occurs when the Sun at midday is overhead (March and September)  Two wet and two dry seasons. 3. 2. the two rainy seasons merge into one.TROPICAL ARCHITECTURE 2. 22 . o Further away from the equator. These climates usually occur within 5–10° latitude of the equator. Design of each area should follow principles for natural ventilation or airconditioning as relevant. Walls separating naturally ventilated and cooled spaces should be insulated and have doors to limit loss of cooled air. and the climate becomes more of a Monsoonal  One wet season  one dry season  Northern Hemisphere. o Principal regions  Amazon Basin in Brazil  Congo Basin in West Africa and Indonesia Substantial sun’s heat is used up in evaporation and rain formation o temperatures in the tropics rarely exceed 35°C o a daytime maximum of 32°C is more common o At night the abundant cloud cover restricts heat loss o Minimum temperatures . o Thunderstorms o Considerable sunshine o Provides ideal growing conditions for luxuriant vegetation.

Brazil o Hilo. Guyana o Amazon Basin. Results from the monsoon winds which change direction according to the seasons. Examples o Kuala Lumpur. but more than (100 − [total annual precipitation {mm}/25]). Congo Tropical monsoon climate (Am): • • • Most common in southern Asia and West Africa.TROPICAL ARCHITECTURE • • • In some eastern-coast areas. they may extend to as much as 25° away from the equator. United States o Georgetown. Hawaii. Florida. Examples • • • • Conakry. This climate has a driest month (which nearly always occurs at or soon after the "winter" solstice for that side of the equator) with rainfall less than 60 mm. This climate is dominated by the Doldrums Low Pressure System all year round. Guinea Chittagong. and therefore has no natural seasons. United States Cairns. Australia Tropical wet and dry or savanna climate (Aw): • • These climates have a pronounced dry season. Brazil o Congo Basin. Bangladesh Miami. Driest month having precipitation less than 60 mm and also less than (100 − [total annual precipitation {mm}/25]). Malaysia o Belém. Examples: 23 .

Tanzania Lagos. Maharashtra. Indonesia Rio de Janeiro. sea flooding and barrage. in particular. and islands are particularly susceptible to coastal erosion and land loss. but suffer bleaching from high temperatures. heavily settled and intensified used low-level coastal plains. especially vulnerable to o Coastal erosion o Land loss o Inundation 24 . momentous elevational lifts on the ecosystems on the mountains show change in distribution and behavior of the rainforest. for instance. Australia Honolulu. • Particularly. Mexico Port-au-Prince. Lagos State. deltas. Northern Territory. Brazil Veracruz. resulting in contraction and desiccation. • Landward migration of mangroves and tidal wetlands is likely to be inhibited by human infrastructure and human activities. Nigeria Darwin. a substantial change in dry forest and decrease in wet forest might occur. are very vulnerable to major climate changes especially on seas. India Jakarta. likely a negative impact on the viability of freshwater wetlands will occur. Veracruz. Rio de Janeiro.TROPICAL ARCHITECTURE • • • • • • • • • Mumbai. the area of tropical forests could increase from 45% to 80% of the total forest cover • In Sri Lanka. Haiti Dar es Salaam. • Sea level and temperature rises are the most likely major climate change-related stresses on ecosystems. Hawaii. Coastal lands Coastal lands. • With predictable increases in evapotranspiration and rainfall changeability. United States Problems in Areas with Tropical Climate Bionetwork In Tropical Asia. • Coral reefs might be capable of surviving this intensification. • In Thailand.

can affect climate. Viet Nam and Thailand. agriculture. Then. though not in the long term—run off snow-fed rivers might change as well. artisinal and commercial fishing and coastal agriculture. and industrial resources. Augmented temperatures and seasonal variability could cause a backdrop of glaciers and increasing danger from glacial lake outburst floods. Supply of hydropower generation from snow-fed rivers can occur in the short term. mixed with an increase in peak flows and sediment yield. could have major effects on hydropower generation. changes in temperature. tourist resorts. urban water supply and agriculture. Lower level basins are expected to be most affected. and infra-structure development. upstream movement of the saline/freshwater front and seawater incursion into freshwater lenses. o • • • Hydrology In Tropical Asia. but it can put an extra stress on water.TROPICAL ARCHITECTURE Sea flooding. Socio-economic effects may be noticeable to major cities and ports. Mainly at risk are large delta regions of Bangladesh. a diminution of average flow of snow-fed rivers. an increased amount economic. Food ration The sensitivity of major cereal and tree crops. despite those relate to sea rise. 25 . probably a 1 metre rise in sea level. Myanmar. and the low-lying areas of Indonesia the Philippines and Malaysia. moisture and CO2 concentration of the magnitudes estimated for the region has been done in many studies. the Himalayas are crucial to the provision of water of the continental monsoon. Hydrological changes on island and drainage basins will be relatively low to Tropical Asia. wheat yield and sorghum yield imply that any increase in production associated with CO2 fertilization will most likely be offset by reductions in yield from temperature or moisture changes. One instance is the influences on rice fields. Global studies have expected the dislodgment of several millions of people from the region's coastal zone. As stated before.

local disparity in emergent season. specifically focused on climate influences on infectious disease in present vulnerable regions. 26 . Lately affected populations initially would go through higher fatality rates. are also expected to increase when higher temperatures and higher humidity are placed over on existing conditions and estimated upsurge in population. Waterborne and water related infectious diseases. and distribution. already accounting for the majority of epidemic emergencies in the area. are very sensitive to climate and are likely to spread into new regions on the margins of currently widespread areas as a result of climate change.. pests. Human health The occurrence and level of some vector-borne diseases are anticipated to rise with global warming. such as floods.( the lack of inclusion of possible diseases. storage.TROPICAL ARCHITECTURE Even though climate impression may result huge changes in crop yields. According to one study. deduction of water quality and other trends. droughts and cyclones. and the vulnerability of agricultural (especially low-income rural population) areas to periodic environmental hazards. the continuing effect of the region-wide changes is tentative because of varietal disparity. crop management. etc. and microorganisms in crop model simulations). • Malaria • Schistosomiasis and • Dengue These are significant causes of humanity and morbidity in Tropical Asia. a growth in epidemic potential of • 12-27 per cent for malaria and • 31 to 47 per cent for dengue and • A decrease of schistosomiasis of 11-17 per cent . urbanization.

is the direct microscopic exchange of kinetic energy of particles through the boundary between two systems. (Second law of Thermodynamics) Transfer by thermal radiation is the transfer of energy by transmission of electromagnetic radiation described by black body theory. • • • The transfer of energy between objects that are in physical contact When an object is at a different temperature from another body or its surroundings. heat flows so that the body and the surroundings reach the same temperature at thermal equilibrium Spontaneous heat transfer always occurs from a region of high temperature to another region of lower temperature. Evaporation . Convection The transfer of energy between an object and its environment. due to fluid motion Radiation The transfer of energy to or from a body by means of the emission or absorption of electromagnetic radiation Mass transfer The transfer of energy from one location to another as a side effect of physically moving an object containing that energy Condensation .TROPICAL ARCHITECTURE Heat Transfer • • • • Heat conduction Convection Thermal radiation Phase-change transfer Conduction .change from a vapor to a condensed state (solid or liquid).change of a liquid to a gas 27 .also called diffusion.

is the study of heat conduction between solid bodies in contact. or convection . • • Dominant form of heat transfer in liquids and gases Combined effects of conduction and fluid flow 28 . Steady state conduction . Transient conduction .occurs when the temperature within an object changes as a function of time. or as electrons move from one atom to another • Most significant means of heat transfer within a solid or between solid objects in thermal contact o Fluids—especially gases—are less conductive Thermal contact conductance . the spatial distribution of temperatures in the conducting object does not change any further • The amount of heat entering a section is equal to amount of heat coming out.means any substance that deforms under shear stress • Liquids • Gases • Plasmas • Some plastic solids Bulk motion of the fluid enhances the heat transfer between the solid surface and the fluid. transferring some of their energy (heat) to these neighboring particles • Heat is transferred by conduction when adjacent atoms vibrate against one another.2 Convection Convective heat transfer.the transfer of heat from one place to another by the movement of fluids Fluid . rapidly moving or vibrating atoms and molecules interact with neighboring atoms and molecules.TROPICAL ARCHITECTURE 3.a form of conduction that happens when the temperature difference driving the conduction is constant • After an equilibration time. 3. • Analysis of transient systems is more complex and often calls for the application of approximation theories or numerical analysis by computer.1Conduction On a microscopic scale • Heat conduction occurs as hot.

which carries energy away from the surface."The rate of heat loss of a body is proportional to the difference in temperatures between the body and its surroundings.fluid is forced to flow over the surface by external means • Fans • Stirrers • Pumps — creating an artificially induced convection current Convection in Newton's law of cooling .occurs when the fluid motion is caused by buoyancy forces that result from density variations due to variations of temperature in the fluid Forced convection .3Radiation A red-hot iron object. thermal radiation can be concentrated in a small spot by using reflecting mirrors o Exploited in concentrating solar power generation  Sunlight reflected from mirrors heats the PS10 solar power tower and during the day it can heat water to 285 °C (545 °F) 29 ." 3. Thermal radiation .energy emitted by matter as electromagnetic waves due to the pool of thermal energy that all matter possesses that has a temperature above absolute zero • Propagates without the presence of matter through the vacuum of space • Direct result of the random movements of atoms and molecules in matter o Atoms and molecules are composed of charged particles (protons and electrons) o Their movement results in the emission of electromagnetic radiation. transferring heat to the surrounding environment primarily through thermal radiation. • Unlike conductive and convective forms of heat transfer.TROPICAL ARCHITECTURE Free. or natural convection .

based on how they collide • Sometimes the transfer is so one-sided for a molecule near the surface that it ends up with enough energy to escape.caused when water is exposed to air and the liquid molecules turn into water vapor.5 Evaporation and Condensation Evaporation – a type of vaporization of a liquid that occurs only on the surface of a liquid Other type of vaporization • Boiling .occurs on the entire mass of the liquid.4 Mass Transfer In mass transfer – energy (including thermal energy) is moved by the physical transfer of a hot or cold object from one place to another • Can be as simple as placing hot water in a bottle • Heating a bed • Movement of an iceberg in changing ocean currents • A practical example is thermal hydraulics 3. the liquid would turn into vapor quickly (boiling point) • When the molecules collide. Evaporation is an essential part of the water cycle • Solar energy drives evaporation of water from oceans. Not all liquids evaporate visibly at a given temperature in a given gas (e. It is just that the process is much slower and thus significantly less visible. moisture in the soil.g. these liquids are evaporating. lakes. Evaporation is also part of the water cycle . they transfer energy to each other in varying degrees. cooking oil at room temperature) • They have molecules that do not tend to transfer energy to each other in a pattern sufficient to frequently give a molecule the heat energy necessary to turn into vapor • However.TROPICAL ARCHITECTURE 3. which rises up and forms clouds 30 . • The molecules in a glass of water do not have enough heat energy to escape from the liquid • With sufficient heat. evaporation and transpiration (which involves evaporation within plant stomata) are collectively termed evapotranspiration • Evaporation . and other sources of water • In hydrology..

• Difficult to sustain reliably • Industrial equipment is normally designed to operate in filmwise condensation mode 3. In hot humid climates with uncomfortable warm / humid nights. and some type of solar air conditioning may be cost effective.implies that energy-consuming mechanical components like pumps and fans are NOT used. 31 . Passive cooling building design attempts to integrate principles of physics into the building exterior envelope to: • Slow down heat transfer into a building.TROPICAL ARCHITECTURE • Condensation occurs when a vapor is cooled and changes its phase to a liquid o Condensation heat transfer – during condensation.0 Passive Cooling • • • “Passive” .as during a formation of fog.most commonly used in industry Filmwise condensation is when a liquid film is formed on the sub-cooled surface. and usually occurs when the liquid wets the surface Dropwise condensation is when liquid drops are formed on the sub-cooled surface. o Involves an understanding of the mechanisms of heat transfer  Heat conduction  Convective heat transfer  Thermal radiation (primarily from the sun) Remove unwanted heat from a building • In mild climates with cool dry nights this can be done with ventilating. Condensation in direct contact with sub-cooled liquid. ventilation is counterproductive. Condensation on direct contact with a cooling wall of a heat exchanger . and usually occurs when the liquid does not wet the surface. the latent heat of vaporization must be released o The amount of the heat is the same as that absorbed during vaporization at the same fluid pressure Types of condensation Homogeneous condensation .

blocking summer heat. the low angle of the sun mostly reflects off of roof-angled glass o Warm air rises by natural convection. West-facing rooms – prone to overheating because the low afternoon sun penetrates deeper into rooms during the hottest part of the day • Methods of shading 32 . and day-lighting throughout a well-designed passive solar building Awnings. and lower-quality doors and windows can leak a lot of outside air infiltration. conduct and radiate a lot of undesirable heat transfer through the exterior envelope of a building • Roof-angled glass is not a great option in any building in any climate o In the summer. with the sun nearly perpendicular to it o On cold winter days. when the sun's altitude is 47 degrees higher o The outer glass of the solarium. plus interior glass between the solarium and the interior living quarters acts like a Thermal Buffer Zone . it creates a solar furnace.TROPICAL ARCHITECTURE Shading • • • Shading a building from solar radiation can be achieved in many ways. Buildings can be orientated to take advantage of winter sun (longer in the East / West dimension) Location-specific wide eaves or overhangs above the Equator-side vertical windows o South side in the Northern hemisphere o North side in the Southern hemisphere Passive solar buildings should not allow direct sunlight through use large glass areas directly into the living space in the summer A greenhouse / solarium is usually integrated into the equator side of the building o Captures low winter sun o Blocks direct sunlight in the summer. trellises or climbing plants can be fitted to existing buildings for a similar effect.Two smaller temperature differentials produce much lower heat transfer than one large temperature differential • • The quality of window-and-door fenestration can have a significant impact on heat transfer rate (and therefore on heating and cooling requirement) • A solid wood door with no windows conducts heat about twelve times faster than a foam-filled door • Older fenestration. shade screen. and then conducts and radiates heat outside • Vertical equator-facing glass is far superior for solar gain. touches the roof angled glass.

Cross ventilation requires openings on two sides of a room Passive-stack ventilation uses a vertical space. which is much more significant when the temperature differential is large (summer or winter). The rate of heat transfer • Related to heating-and-cooling requirement • Determined in part by the surface area of the building • Decorative corners can double or triple the exterior envelope surface area • Also create more opportunities for air infiltration leaks . • This can be significantly reduced or eliminated with a cool roof or a green roof o Can reduce the roof surface temperature by 70 degrees F (21 degrees C) in the summer o Below the roof there should be a radiant barrier and an air gap • Blocks 97% of downward radiation from the sun Radiation is one of the most significant in most climates • Least easy to model o There is a linear relationship between temperature differential and conductive / convective heat transfer rate o But.TROPICAL ARCHITECTURE o Deciduous planting o Vertical shutters or blinds Should be minimized or eliminated in passive solar design • Solar heat also enters a building through its walls and roof • In temperate climates. like a tower. that creates a vacuum as air rises by natural convection • An inlet for cool air at the bottom of this space creates an upward-moving air current 33 . a poorly insulated building can o Overheat in summer o Will require more heating in winter One sign of poor thermal design is an attic that gets hotter than the peak outside summer air temperature. two types of natural ventilation can be achieved through careful design • Cross ventilation • Passive-stack ventilation. radiation is an exponential relationship. In mild arid climates with comfortable cool dry nights.

2. dehumidified. thermal mass can be strategically placed and insulated to slow the heating of the building when the sun is hot. FACADE DESIGN Use of Double-layered façade Use Low-emissivity glass (Low-E glass) Use of Insulation 4. In a climate that is cool at night and too warm in the day. SUNSHADING DEVICES VERTICAL TYPES Vertical Sun Shades are generally used on the East-Facing and West. creating a draft that draws in cooler air or gas from below 5. fireplace. 3. CROSS VENTILATION The circulation of fresh air through open windows. terrain etc. filtered. BUILDING CONFIGURATION. BUILDING ORIENTATION Example : In tropical countries such as the Philippines. SITE LAYOUT and SITE PLANNING Example : A building can be protected from direct sunlight by placing it on a location within the site that utilizes existing features such as trees. fresh air ventilation can be controlled. it is best to place service areas in the west and east facing sides of the building because these sides are exposed to direct sunlight. kitchen and bathroom vents) will draw unfiltered outside air in through every small air leak in a building In hot humid climates with uncomfortable nights. Anything that creates an air pressure difference (like an externally vented clothes dryer. and cooled (possibly using an air exchanger). doors or other openings on opposite sides of a room STACK EFFECT / CHIMNEY EFFECT The tendency of air or gas in a shaft or other vertical space to rise when heated.Facing Sides of a building EGGCRATE TYPES Combination of Horizontal and Vertical Shades 34 .TROPICAL ARCHITECTURE Allergens such as pollen can be an issue when windows are used for fresh air ventilation. Passive Cooling Techniques 1.

etc…). efficient active cooling techniques Passive Cooling: • • • • • • • Passive Cooling Guides and Tools Shading Reflective Roofs (and Walls) Cooling Towers & Solar Chimneys Earth Tubes Reflectors Tips Active Cooling: • • • Efficient Active Cooling .TROPICAL ARCHITECTURE Passive cooling techniques (solar chimneys.More ways 35 . thermal mass. roof ponds. ventilation.Ventilation Efficient Active Cooling – Evaporative Efficient Active Cooling . And.

WIND ANALYSIS 36 .TROPICAL ARCHITECTURE A home that illustrates how a number of simple cooling techniques that were combined in this house to avoid the need for air conditioning A good overview of passive cooling strategies.

1:3 • Analysis of these ratios shows that an elongated form to minimize east and west exposure is needed at the lower latitudes. Orientation: Orientation as well as directional emphasis changes with latitude in response to solar angle. balconies and any other areas where movement take place. These areas do not require total climatic control and natural ventilation is sufficient. An atrium can also be used a transitional space. • Building's main orientation for tropical countries would have a directional emphasis on an axis 5deg north of east 37 . Influences on Built Form 1. 2. for the tropical zones as much ventilation as possible is desired. Influences on Built Form 1. Cross ventilation: Cross ventilation is far more important in the tropics than in temperate zones. • Research has shown that the preferred length of the sides of the building. circulation. Zoning for transitional spaces -the traditional spaces used for lobbies. Any breeze in the lower latitude (tropical and arid climates) is beneficial for most of the year. For the tropical and arid zones. utility spaces. Generally. the transitional spaces are located on the north and south sides of the building where the sun's penetration is not as great. In the arid zone the atrium should be located at the centre of the building for cooling and shading purposes. Form: Optimum building form for each climatic zone. stairs. where the sides are of length x:y.TROPICAL ARCHITECTURE Wind direction: Desirable and undesirable winds in each of the climatic zones depend largely on local conditions. The theoretical strategy for blocking or inducing wind flow into a building is based on local prevailing wind conditions. are: tropical zone . 2. Use of atrium In the tropical zone the atrium should be located so as to provide ventilation within the built form.

o This is inefficient in winter o Desirable in hot weather. so as to help shade the building from the low angles of the sun during the major part of the day.1Building Configuration Factors that affect building’s energy use and its sustainability. the cores are located on the east and west sides of the building form. o The correct length varies with distance and latitude.TROPICAL ARCHITECTURE 3. • The length of the roof overhangs for summer shading is a critical factor. • For the tropical zone. In a humid hot climate • Heat gain through windows should be minimized • Ventilation and shading maximized. • Increasing the surface area by making the building taller or longer increases the area of heat transfer. 38 . • Air movement should be maximized with cross ventilation. 4. • Building's shape • Solar orientation • Interior layout • Size In cold climates building form should be • Compact to reduce heat loss caused by winter winds • Elongated on the east west axis to maximize solar gain. Vertical cores and structure • The arrangement of primary mass can be used as a factor in climatic design as its position can help to shade or retain heat within the building form.

4. may have quiet different surface areas and hence different rate of heat loss and heat gain. For any given enclosed building volume. length and breadth can vary resulting in different total surface areas. • The building orientation can have an impact on heating. or to the most important facade of the building. o Two buildings. the orientation can refer to a particular room. lighting and cooling costs. for example. • Although any building will have different orientations for its different sides. 39 . where it's most difficult to provide shade from the sun.2 Building Orientation Orientation of the building generally used to refer to solar orientation • The placement of building with respect to solar access. o By maximizing southern exposure. one can take optimal advantage of the sun for daylight and passive solar heating o This will result in lower cooling costs by minimizing western exposures. there are numerous ways in which actual dimensions of height. both having the same volume and built of the same materials. o The way the volume and surfaces of the building are oriented also severely affect the heat gain or loss from a building.TROPICAL ARCHITECTURE Shape and surroundings of any building • • May cause heat gain when cooling is required and heat loss when heat gain is required.


Apparent magnetic North can be very different to where Solar North is (up to 20 degrees). this can make all the difference between a passive solar design being viable or not Living Area placement Also of importance is that the rooms most used must be on the side of the house orientated towards the sun.e. etc. these will also act as additional thermal mass. Also put the least used rooms on the side of the house in shade. 41 . see the diagram below. i. laundry. lounge. UNITS / TERMS: The five elements of passive solar design include Aperture Collector – (typically glass) the aperture collector is the area through which sunlight enters the home or building.TROPICAL ARCHITECTURE Solar orientation is different to magnetic orientation It is very important that you remember to orientate your house with respect to the Sun and not to magnetic North (or South). the kitchen. if properly insulated.e. i. garage.

the absorber is typically a hard. The basic considerations for optimizing the solar heating potential of a sunspace include the directional orientation and the angle of the glazing (glass or windows). collection. • The optimum directional orientation depends on site specific factors and on local landscape features such as trees. and • Daylighting throughout the year.elements that control the under. darkened surface on the storage element that sits in the path of sunlight and absorbs its heat. • In general. a south-facing orientation within 30o east or west of true south will provide around 90% of the maximum static solar collection potential. concrete. o Summer in the northern hemisphere. o In the middle of the day in the winter. hills.and overheating of a space. the sun is low in the southern sky. • Natural ventilation.the material(s) that retain the heat absorbed by the absorber • Thermal mass can be composed of water. Control . and distribution capability. differential thermostats. • Avoidance of Solar heat gain during cooling time. and operable vents A true passive solar building includes proper orientation.TROPICAL ARCHITECTURE Absorber . or other buildings that may shade the sunspace during certain times of the day. the sun is high in the sky overhead. 42 . bricks. o Southern exposure is the key physical orientation feature for passive solar energy in the northern hemisphere o Winter in the northern hemisphere. the sun comes up in the southeast and sets in the southwest.the means by which the solar heat is transferred from the storage material(s) to areas of the home or building. Distribution . Thermal Mass . such as overhangs. BACKGROUND FACTS: Building orientation can maximize • Opportunities for passive solar heating when needed. stones. tile or other materials with high specific heat capacity. o In the middle of the day in the summer. the sun comes up in the northeast and sets in the northwest.

o To take advantage of north–south day lighting. by time of day.TROPICAL ARCHITECTURE Rectangular buildings should be oriented with the long axis running east-west. and how occupants will be affected by the building orientation. • Orientation factors depending on functional requirements: o Designing for cooling load or heating load. In the winter. on different exposures Application: Designing for Building Orientation: The designer must consider and prioritize all factors and site conditions affecting building orientation. commercial. 43 . so the east and west walls receive less direct sun in the summer. the building may be oriented along an east–west axis. Energy conservation strategies relating to building orientation: • • • • • • • • Maximizing north and south façade exposure for daylight harvesting to reduce lighting electrical loads Using southern exposure for solar heat gain to reduce heating loads in the heating season Using shading strategies to reduce cooling loads caused by solar gain on south façades Turning long façades toward the direction of prevailing breezes to enhance the cooling effect of natural ventilation Turning long façades in the direction parallel to slopes to take advantage of cool updrafts to enhance natural ventilation Shielding windows and openings from the direction of harsh winter winds and storms to reduce heating loads Orienting the most populated building spaces toward north and south exposures to maximize daylighting and natural ventilation benefit Determining building occupant usage patterns for public. or residential buildings. o But this may be counter to street lines and other site considerations. passive solar heat gain occurs on the south side of the building. institutional.

o Design for wind direction—admitting favorable breezes and shielding from storms and cold weather winds. o South-facing glass is relatively easy to shade with an overhang during the summer to minimize solar heat gain. and/or county agricultural extension offices. o Wind information is often available from airports. orientation may be strongly determined by o Local regulation o View easements o Urban design regulations Be aware of unique local and site-specific conditions o Lake or coastal exposures o Effect of mountainous conditions o Special scenic easements. o In southern climates locate these on the less sunny east or north sides of the building In temperate and northern climates o Locate deciduous trees for south-side shading in the cooling season. optimum façade orientation is typically south. and local urban design guidelines. o Light shelves also can work well with the higher sun in the southern exposure o North-facing glass receives good daylight but relatively little direct isolation. East and west window orientations and horizontal orientation (skylights) all result in more undesired heat gain in the summer than winter o East and west sun glare is also more difficult to control for occupant comfort because of low sun angles in early morning and late afternoon Wind will affect tall buildings more than low structures. To minimize heat losses and gains through the surface of a building • • • • • • 44 . activity zones. locate pedestrian paths and parking lots on south and east sides of buildings to enable snow melting. the dropped leaves will permit desired solar gain. In urban settings. so heat gain is less of a concern. o In the heating season.TROPICAL ARCHITECTURE o Orientation of the building entrance may have to respect street access. • For most regions. libraries. o In cold climates.

• • During cooling seasons. however. may place a large portion of the floor area far from perimeter day lighting  Contrary to the cube. sunny climates excess solar gain may result in high cooling energy consumption • In cold and temperate climates winter sun entering south-facing windows can positively contribute to passive solar heating • In nearly all climates controlling and diffusing natural illumination will improve day lighting. 4.TROPICAL ARCHITECTURE o A compact shape is desirable  This characteristic is mathematically described as the “surface-to-volume” ratio of the building. Shading can be provided by 45 . • An important aspect of many energy-efficient building design strategies o Buildings that employ passive solar heating or daylighting often depend on well-designed sun control and shading devices. • Although this may appear to compromise the thermal performance of the building • The electrical load and cooling load savings achieved by a well-designed day lighting system will be more than compensate for the increased surface losses. • Sun control and shading devices can also improve user visual comfort by controlling glare and reducing contrast ratios. a building massing that optimizes day lighting and ventilation would be elongated along its east– west axis • More of the building area is closer to the perimeter. • Increased satisfaction and productivity. external window shading is an excellent way to prevent unwanted solar heat gain from entering a conditioned space. • Opportunity of differentiating one building facade from another.  The most compact orthogonal building would be a cube. reductions in annual cooling energy consumption of 5% to 15% have been reported.3 Sun Control and Shading Devices There are many different reasons to want to control the amount of sunlight that is admitted into a building. • Can provide interest and human scale to an otherwise undistinguished design. • In warm. • Depending on the amount and location of fenestration.  This configuration. • Well-designed sun control and shading devices can dramatically reduce building peak heat gain and cooling requirements • Improve the natural lighting quality of building interiors.

The design of effective shading devices will depend on the solar orientation of a particular building façade o Simple fixed overhangs are very effective at shading south-facing windows in the summer when sun angles are high o The same horizontal device is ineffective at blocking low afternoon sun from entering west-facing windows during peak heat gain periods in the summer. Exterior shading devices are particularly effective in conjunction with clear glass facades. peak sun angles occur at the solstice on June 21. these new glass products reduce the need for exterior shading devices. o When specified. solar control and shading can be provided by a wide range of building components including: • Landscape features such as mature trees or hedge rows • Exterior elements such as overhangs or vertical fins • Horizontal reflecting surfaces called light shelves • Low shading coefficient (SC) glass • Interior glare control devices such as Venetian blinds or adjustable louvers • Fixed exterior shading devices such as overhangs are generally most practical for small commercial buildings The optimal length of an overhang depends on the size of the window and the relative importance of heating and cooling in the building In the summer. o High-performance glazing are now available that have very low shading coefficients (SC). Remember that an overhang sized to fully shade a south-facing window in August will also shade the window in April when some solar heat may be desirable • • • 46 .TROPICAL ARCHITECTURE o Natural landscaping o Building elements such as  Awnings  Overhangs  Trellises. which bounce natural light for day lighting deep into building interiors. Some shading devices can also function as reflectors. • • • Thus. called light shelves. but peak temperature and humidity are more likely to occur in August.

Do not worry about shading north-facing glass in the continental United States latitudes since it receives very little direct solar gain. it is difficult to make sweeping generalizations about the design of shading devices. achieving its maximum on a given day at solar noon. Consider the use of landscaping to shade east and west exposures. However. In the tropics. Designing Shading Systems Given the wide variety of buildings and the range of climates in which they can be found. Indirect (diffuse) radiation should be controlled by other measures. o The earlier in the design process that shading devices are considered they more likely they are to be attractive and well integrated in the overall architecture of a project. limit the amount of east and west glass since it is harder to shade than south glass. 3. also known as the bearing angle.TROPICAL ARCHITECTURE • To properly design shading devices it is necessary to understand the position of the sun in the sky during the cooling season o The position of the sun is expressed in terms of altitude and azimuth angles. 2. such as low-e glazing. Use fixed overhangs on south-facing glass to control direct beam solar radiation. the following design recommendations generally hold true: 1. in the tropics consider shading the roof even if • • 47 . is the angle of the sun's projection onto the ground plane relative to south Shading devices can have a dramatic impact on building appearance o This impact can be for the better or for the worse. To the greatest extent possible. Also. The azimuth angle. disregard this rule-of-thumb since the north side of a building will receive more direct solar gain. • The altitude angle is the angle of the sun above the horizon.

7. Be careful when applying shading ideas from one project to another. Materials and Methods of Construction In recent years. Over time. • A wide range of adjustable shading products is commercially available o Canvas awnings o Solar screens o Roll-down blinds o Shutters o Vertical louvers. Shading strategies that work well at one latitude. there has been a dramatic increase in the variety of shading devices and glazing available for use in buildings. be sure to consider the cost of landscape maintenance and upkeep on life-cycle cost. consider both simultaneously. a light shelf bounces natural light deeply into a room through high windows while shading lower windows. may be completely inappropriate for other sites at different latitudes.TROPICAL ARCHITECTURE there are no skylights since the roof is a major source of transmitted solar gain into the building. 5. Study sun angles. Carefully consider the durability of shading devices. 8. 9. Remember that shading effects daylighting. Do not expect interior shading devices such as Venetian blinds or vertical louvers to reduce cooling loads since the solar gain has already been admitted into the work space. However. these interior devices do offer glare control and can contribute to visual acuity and visual comfort in the work place. selecting shading devices. and placing Building Integrated Photovoltaic (BIPV) panels or solar collectors. 48 . 4. For example. When relying on landscape elements for shading. operable shading devices can require a considerable amount of maintenance and repair. 6. An understanding of sun angles is critical to various aspects of design including determining basic building orientation.

49 . carefully evaluate all operations and maintenance (O&M) and safety implications. hazards such as nesting birds or earthquakes may reduce the viability of incorporating exterior shading devices in the design. Require A&E professionals to fully specify all glass • They should be prepared to specify o Glass U-value o SC o Tvis o Net window U-value Shading coefficient (SC) of a glazing indicates the amount of solar heat gain that is admitted into a building relative to a single-glazed reference glass. must be factored into any life-cycle cost analysis of their use. o Durability and maintenance issues are also a concern.TROPICAL ARCHITECTURE • While they often perform well. • The need to maintain and clean shading devices. • In some locations. their practicality is limited by the need for manual or mechanical manipulation. particularly operable ones. The visible transmittance (Tvis) of a glazing material indicates the percentage of the light available in the visible portion of the spectrum admitted into a building. When designing shading devices. o A lower shading coefficient means less solar heat gain.

3 Pa to 3 Pa) o Wind pressures are usually far greater (~1 Pa to 35 Pa).0 Wind and Natural Ventilation Natural ventilation is the process of supplying and removing air through an indoor space by natural means. o The majority of buildings employing natural ventilation rely primarily on wind driven ventilation. but stack ventilation has several benefits. • The impact of wind on a building affects the ventilation and infiltration rates through it and the associated heat losses or heat gains. • Thus building shape is crucial in creating the wind pressures that will drive air flow through its apertures. The impact of wind on the building form creates areas of • Positive pressure on the windward side of a building and • Negative pressure on the leeward and sides of the building. • Dynamic pressure is the pressure exerted when the wind comes into contact with an object such as a hill or a building and it is related to the air density and the square of the wind speed. o The pressures generated by buoyancy. are quite low (typical values: 0. o The most efficient design for a natural ventilation building should implement both types of ventilation. also known as 'the stack effect'. • Differences in static pressure arise from global and microclimate thermal phenomena and create the air flow we call wind.TROPICAL ARCHITECTURE 4. hills) and urban context (buildings. • Wind speed increases with height and is lower towards the ground due to frictional drag. structures) o Vernacular and traditional buildings in different climatic regions rely heavily on natural ventilation for maintaining human comfort conditions in the enclosed spaces 50 . There are two types of natural ventilation occurring in buildings • Wind driven ventilation • Stack ventilation. o In practical terms wind pressure will vary considerably creating complex air flows and turbulence by its interaction with elements of the natural environment (trees. The static pressure of air is the pressure in a free-flowing air stream and is depicted by isobars in weather maps.

• Wind driven ventilation depends on o Wind behavior. chimneys) • Construction methods and detailing (infiltration) • External elements (walls. • Wind driven ventilation takes advantage of the natural passage of air without the need for high energy consuming equipment o Wind catchers are able to aid wind driven ventilation by directing air in and out of buildings. Wind driven ventilation Wind driven ventilation or roof mounted ventilation design in buildings provides ventilation to occupants using the least amount of resources.TROPICAL ARCHITECTURE Design Typical building design relies on rules of thumb for harnessing the power of wind for the purpose of natural ventilation. • Mechanical ventilation drawbacks include the use of equipment that is high in embodied energy and the consumption of energy during operation. discomfort. o On the interactions with the building envelope and 51 . Design guidelines are offered in building regulations and other related literature and include a variety of recommendations on many specific areas such as: • Building location and orientation • Building form and dimensions • Window typologies and operation • Other aperture types (doors. screens) • Urban planning conditions Wind driven ventilation has several significant benefits: • Greater magnitude and effectiveness • Readily available (natural occurring force) • Relatively economic implementation • User friendly (when provisions for control are provided to occupants) Some of the important limitations of wind driven ventilation: • Unpredictability and difficulties in harnessing due to speed and direction variations • The quality of air it introduces in buildings may be polluted for example due to proximity to an urban or industrial area • May create strong draughts.

52 .e. • When there is a temperature difference between two adjoining volumes of air the warmer air will have lower density and be more buoyant thus will rise above the cold air creating an upward air stream. (UrbaWind) makes the link between this pressure and the real urban climatology o It computes with a macroscopic method the mass flow rate incoming the building for each wind characteristic (incidence and velocity magnitude). o It helps quantifying the natural cross ventilation induced by the wind flow crossing the buildings. Stack driven ventilation The stack effect used for high-rise natural ventilation Stack effect is temperature induced.TROPICAL ARCHITECTURE o On openings or other air exchange devices such as inlets or chimneys. Air exchange depends linearly on the wind speed in the urban place where the architectural project will be built. • One of these CFD tools. CFD (Computational Fluid Dynamics) tools and zonal modelings are usually used to calculate pressure. The knowledge of the urban climatology i. o Give cross ventilation statistics according to the wind statistics of the considered urban location. the wind around the buildings is crucial when evaluating the air quality and thermal comfort inside buildings as air and heat exchange depends on the wind pressure on facades.

TROPICAL ARCHITECTURE • • Forced stack effect in a building takes place in a traditional fireplace. Stack ventilation can be implemented in ways that air inflow in the building does not rely solely on wind direction. still days. the air pressure will be positive and air will rise. while colder. hot summer days when it is most needed. denser air from the exterior enters the building through lower level openings. • Above the neutral plane. In order for a building to be ventilated adequately via stack effect the inside and outside temperatures must be different so that warmer indoor air rises and escapes the building at higher apertures. In this respect it may provide improved air quality in some types of polluted environments such as cities. 53 . Passive stack ventilators are common in most bathrooms and other type of spaces without direct access to the outdoors. • Below the neutral plane the air pressure will be negative and external air will be drawn into the space. location of apertures) and may incur extra costs (ventilator stacks. taller spaces) • The quality of air it introduces in buildings may be polluted for example due to proximity to an urban or industrial area Natural ventilation in buildings relies mostly in wind pressure differences but stack effect can augment this type of ventilation and partly restore air flow rates during hot. • Natural occurring force (hot air rises) • Stable air flow (compared to wind) • Greater control in choosing areas of air intake • Sustainable method Limitations of stack driven ventilation: • Lower magnitude compared to wind ventilation • Relies on temperature differences (inside/outside) • Design restrictions (height. Stack effect increases with greater temperature difference and increased height between the higher and lower apertures. Stack driven ventilation has several significant benefits: • Does not rely on wind: can take place on still. The neutral plane in a building occurs at the location between the high and low openings at which the internal pressure will be the same as the external pressure (in the absence of wind).

ventilation openings.1Stack / Chimney Effect Stack / Chimney effect is the movement of air into and out of buildings. • The greater the thermal difference and the height of the structure. and glass plants. steel mills. or other openings and leakage. or other containers. and is driven by buoyancy.TROPICAL ARCHITECTURE • • • For example air can be drawn through the backside or courtyards of buildings avoiding the direct pollution and noise of the street facade. and it helps drive natural ventilation and infiltration. the stack effect can create significant pressure differences that must be given design consideration and may need to be addressed with mechanical ventilation. the stack effect is reversed. flue gas stacks. o During the cooling season. 5. direction and the design of air inlets and outlets. or other forms of leakage. o The rising warm air reduces the pressure in the base of the building. In a modern high-rise building with a well-sealed envelope. but is typically weaker due to lower temperature differences. the greater the buoyancy force. and thus the stack effect. drawing cold air in through either open doors. the warmer indoor air rises up through the building and escapes at the top either through open windows. the stack effect will cause air infiltration. o During the heating season. • The result is either a positive or negative buoyancy force. Buoyancy occurs due to a difference in indoor-to-outdoor air density resulting from temperature and moisture differences. Stack effect ventilators have undergone numerous evolutionary steps in recent years to correspond to new safety standards for protection against weather penetration. chimneys. Wind can augment the stack effect but also reduce its effect depending on its speed. windows. there is always a ground level entrance). air hygiene for plant workforce and methodology of construction to reduce total installed costs of greenfield and brownfield projects. o Stairwells 54 . • Since buildings are not totally sealed (at the very minimum. Examples of stack effect ventilation can be seen on aluminum smelters. • The stack effect is also referred to as the "chimney effect". Therefore prevailing winds must be taken into account when designing for stack effect ventilation.

Fireplace chimneys can sometimes draw in more cold outside air than can be heated by the fireplace. resulting in a net heat loss. door. except that it involves hot flue gases having large temperature differences with the ambient outside air. Furthermore. door. in fact. etc. 55 . a window's orientation to the direction of wind movement is critical to the amount of air flowing through an inlet. o Especially in case of fire.TROPICAL ARCHITECTURE o Shafts o Elevators • • Tend to contribute to the stack effect. Large temperature differences between the outside air and the flue gases can create a strong stack effect in chimneys for buildings using a fireplace for heating. Whereas interior partitions. and fire separations can mitigate it. an industrial flue gas stack typically provides little obstruction for the flue gas along its length and is. normally optimized to enhance the stack effect to reduce fan energy requirements. floors.) and to force warm interior air out of the building through an outlet (window. the stack effect needs to be controlled to prevent the spread of smoke.2 Cross Ventilation Cross ventilation relies on wind to force cool exterior air into the building through an inlet (window.) As one would expect. The stack effect in industrial flue gas stacks is similar to that in buildings. etc. 5.

56 . • Energy Scheming operates under this assumption. the global air circulation can be occurred as a result of a heat air movement in a tropical area go to atmosphere and move up to North Pole and South Pole. hence movement of cool air goes to the tropical area and returning again.3 Wind Behavior in a room Theoretically.TROPICAL ARCHITECTURE Rule-of-thumb • An inlet is useful for cross ventilation if the direction of wind flow is in the range of -45 degrees to 45 degrees to the surface normal of the window. After reaching at North Pole and South Pole. • Of course. Caused by difference of radiation heat and weather change of the mountains and sea level. The amount of heat removed from a building is directly proportional to the inlet and outlet areas. hence the cool air go down to surface of earth. one can manipulate exterior geometries to redirect air movement through a window: Also of importance to cross ventilation is inlet and outlet area. 5. with the existence of Coriolis Forces. The air movement occurs because the atmosphere heating is not distributed evenly.

The air moves from the relative chilled and high-pressured area to the relative warm and low-pressure area. either its direction or its speed 57 . Air velocity varies from time to time.TROPICAL ARCHITECTURE The quality of not-even heating on the land and sea occurs because the difference of solar position. is a cycle of air circulation movement applied to the earth surface. The discussion of surface air movement is necessary known as “gradient wind”. Gradient wind is the wind at certain high where form of surface coarse can be neglected. Air velocity is an amount of vectors following its level or speed and direction. This air movement makes a system.

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