Design Primer for Hot Climates - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780851391410, 9781483141084

Design Primer for Hot Climates

1st Edition

Authors: Allan Konya
eBook ISBN: 9781483141084
Imprint: Architectural Press
Published Date: 1st January 1980
Page Count: 132
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Description

Design Primer for Hot Climates offers a discussion of architecture and planning for hot climates. The hot tropical and sub-tropical regions contain most of the world's population and, it is here that the majority of new buildings will be built. For this reason this book concentrates on these regions but serves only as a broad outline of the climatic, environmental, and technological conditions.
The book begins with a discussion of climatic elements, climatic zones, and comfort. This is followed by separate chapters on climatic design; regional hazards (e.g., condensation, lightning, storms, earthquakes, etc.) that must be considered during the design stage; and factors such as site accessibility, materials selection, water and labor supply, and building regulations and standards. This book is meant not only for designers from temperate climatic areas but also for those who live in these regions, in the hope that they will be stimulated to re-examine conditions which may have become over-familiar to them.

Table of Contents


Introduction

Chapter 1: Climate, Zones and Comfort

Introduction

Climatic Elements

Solar Radiation

Air Temperature

Wind

Atmospheric Humidity

Precipitation

Climatic Zones

Characteristics of Non-Temperate Climates

Warm-Wet Zones

Warm-Wet and Hot-Dry (Composite) Zones

Hot-Dry Zones

Sub-Tropical Zones

Comfort

Comfort Zone

Climate and Comfort: Design Aids

Local Environment

Chapter 2: Design and Climate

Site Climate

Topography

Water

Ground Surface

Vegetation

Windbreaks

Orientation

Form

Structure

Shade

Glare and Daylight

Ventilation

Aids for Cooling

Wind Catchers

Evaporative Coolers

Recommendations for Hot Climate Zones

Warm-Humid Zones

Hot-Dry Zones

Composite Zones

Sub-Tropical Zones

Chapter 3: Regional Hazards

Introduction

Condensation

Hail

Lightning

Insects

Termites

Sand and Dust

Tropical Storms

Earthquakes

Disaster Prevention

Densities

Services

Open Spaces

Layout

Chapter 4: Technology

Site

Location

Services

Drainage

Soils

Materials

Building Materials in the Hot Climate Zones

Structure

Frame

Walls

Roof

Underground Buildings

Solar Energy

Water Heating

Solar Stills

Water

Collection, Storage and Purification

Conservation

Labor

Building Regulations and Standards

Appendix 1: Heat Transfer—Some Basic Calculations

Appendix 2: Building Research Centers

Appendix 3: Plants for Arid Zones

Bibliography

Acknowledgments

Index


Details

No. of pages:
132
Language:
English
Copyright:
© Architectural Press 1980
Published:
Imprint:
Architectural Press
eBook ISBN:
9781483141084

About the Author

Allan Konya