Thermal performance and comfort of vernacular earthen buildings in Egypt and Portugal

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Title Thermal performance and comfort of vernacular earthen buildings in Egypt and Portugal
Author Fernandes, Jorge ; Dabaieh, Marwa ; Mateus, Ricardo ; Monteiro Silva, Sandra ; Bragança, Luís ; Gervásio, Helena
Date 2017
English abstract
Despite the far distance between Portugal and Egypt, it was possible to find points of similarity on the influence of Roman and Arab cultures, and on solar passive and construction techniques used in vernacular architecture. Earthen construction techniques are one of these examples, being used in both countries for thousands of years. Through an explanatory qualitative and quantitative analysis, this paper presents an overview of the effects of climate-responsive strategies on thermal performance and indoor comfort of earthen architecture from Northern Egypt and Southern Portugal. To understand the effectiveness of these strategies, measurements of hygrothermal parameters and surveys on occupants’ thermal sensation were conducted in two case studies. From the results, it has been found that the case studies have shown a good thermal performance only by passive means and that the occupants expressed as being comfortable. Thus, vernacular passive strategies still can contribute to achieve indoor comfort conditions and reduce the dependency on mechanical systems.
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Vernacular and Earthen Architecture : Conservation and Sustainability (14-16 September 2017 : Valencia, Spain)
Publisher CRC Press
Host/Issue Vernacular and Earthen Architecture: Conservation and Sustainability: Proceedings of SosTierra 2017 (Valencia, Spain, 14-16 September 2017)
ISBN 9781138035461
Language eng (iso)
Subject Thermal performance
Vernacular architecture
Egypt
Portugal
Humanities/Social Sciences
Research Subject Categories::HUMANITIES and RELIGION
Handle http://hdl.handle.net/2043/24955 Permalink to this page
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