Formulating passive measures to achieve thermal comfort and energy efficiency in Yemeni hot dry region

Tamer Gado, Fouad Al-Shibami

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Abstract

This paper is a part of an extended project that aims to quantify the effectiveness of using passive design measures and strategies on the thermal performance of housing dwellings in the hot dry region of the Republic of Yemen. The city of Seiyun was chosen to represent this region. In previous work 1,2,3 the thermal performance in terms of energy efficiency and human thermal comfort inside housing dwellings built in this city was investigated. It was found that newly built dwellings lack energy efficiency and their occupants are not thermally comfort. This paper further investigates this issue through analysing the climatic context of Seiyun. This will allow formulating the appropriate passive design measures and strategies that have the potential of increasing thermal comfort and minimizing energy needed for air conditioning. Average monthly climatic data was analysed by Mahony tables and hourly climatic data was analysed using weather tool. It was found that using lots of exposed thermal mass with night purge ventilation and indirect evaporative cooling could increase the thermal comfort inside buildings in this city. Further work is being conducted to quantify the effectiveness of these measures.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe first international conference on future vision and challenges for urban development
Subtitle of host publicationHousing and Building Research Center
Publication statusPublished - 20 Dec 2004

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