Climate Responsive Approach to Building Design for Comfort in Warm-Humid Climate

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Author(s) Lawal, A. F
Pages 50-58
Volume 3
Issue 1
Date January, 2013
Keywords Bioclimatic Chart, Control Potential Zone (CPZ), Design Strategies

Abstract

Most of the previous analyses of the climate of Nigeria have been based on zones and vegetations. This paper examines the climate of Southwestern Nigeria warm humid climate with respect to building design parameters like temperature, relative humidity, air velocity, vapour pressure and solar radiation in order to provide climate responsive design recommendations towards the achievement of physiological comfort. After assessing previous methods of climate analysis for building designs, it develops bioclimatic charts for various cities for Southwestern Nigeria. Finally, design recommendations are then suggested for typical cities in the Southwestern Nigeria.

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