Thursday, May 29, 2008

Tropical Design Module 1: Introduction

Climate Responsive Architecture is a must in Building Design.

Architects must realize that the building skin is not just specifying materials and creating a fa├žade for aesthetics.

The building envelope serves as a climatic mesh that filters the outside environment to create a proper and hopefully a comfortable indoor environment.

A climate responsive building envelope is only one functional criterion for correct design.

In the Philippines, hot humid conditions require protection from heat and maximum ventilation for interiors, therefore, local designs should firmly consider these issues.

Proper fenestrations and building materials should be selected.

Opening fenestrations such as sun-shading devices should be considered by designers.

Good building orientation must also be looked at by architects to minimize direct solar radiation but maximize potential for natural ventilation.

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