Simplified climate information for building designers

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    Upadhyay, Anir
    2016 Conference Papers
    Architectural Science and Design Education
    Conference Papers


Local climate has always been a major factor in the layout of cities and building forms in the past. With the modern technological innovations and climate modifying techniques, building designers often overlook the usefulness of climate design strategies in their designs thus isolating them from the immediate environment. With the availability of affordable and efficient energy modelling tools, designers can assess energy efficiency of their designs prior to construction, but the interactions between various environmental factors at the early design stage are not often clear to them. Only thorough analysis of local climate data can shed light on the effective design strategies for a particular site. Most often, climate data is presented in tabular formats making them difficult to comprehend the inter-relationships between climatic elements and their implication in building design. As a result, climate consideration in conceptual design stage is usually ignored or inadequate. This paper addresses the underlying issues of climate data presentation and uses informative figures and tables to inform local climate in a meaningful way. The information will help building professionals to understand local climate easily and allow them to incorporate climate design strategies in their designs. This paper takes Brisbane as an example to explore a climate design approach. Brisbane climate data recommends minimizing the impact of high humidity in summer and maintaining a comfortable temperature in winter. Keywords


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