Vernacular Daylighting for Hot-arid Climates: A Response to Climate Change

By S. Majid Mofidi and Mahsa M. Ghazi-Jahani.

Published by The International Journal of Climate Change: Impacts and Responses

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The rebirth of daylit buildings has been one of the most important issues, which might be considered at the forefront of design and planning of public and private buildings. Electric light can overheat interior spaces even in winter, particularly in hot-arid regions. Daylighting can be considered as one of the most effective strategies to reduce the cooling load in buildings. Traditional architects and builders’ identification of problems that existed in the use of natural lighting in desert regions will be explored as a living workshop. Many devices and elements have been planned and could be created in order to control the sun’s penetration and at the same time to make the best use of daylight. Use of daylighting in building design, particularly in sunny regions, could help in the economic revitalisation of existing settlements, in raising the prosperity of different socio-economic classes and in environmental sustainability through energy conservation. This paper could inspire related professionals, researchers and administrative personalities in tourism industry who are involved in the design and construction of load or non-load dominated buildings, especially in desert regions, to conserve energy through use of daylighting.

Keywords: Vernacular Daylighting, Hot-arid Climate, Climate Change, Sustainability

The International Journal of Climate Change: Impacts and Responses, Volume 3, Issue 3, pp.1-10. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1007.737KB).

Prof. Dr. S. Majid Mofidi

Official Faculty Member, School of Architecture and Urban Development, University of Science and Technology, Tehran, Tehran, Iran (Islamic Republic of)

Saini, B.S. (1980), Building in Hot Dry Climates, J. Wiley and Sons Ltd., New York. Member of Official Faculty & Scientific Committee (since May 1986), Head of Department of Sustainable Architecture, (since Sept. 2003) and Principal of Energy & Architecture Research Lab (EARL), (since Jan.2003). Assistant Professor (21th Level), FT faculty member, School of Architecture & Urban Studies, in IUST (since May 1986). Assistant Professor (21th Level), FT faculty member, School of Architecture & Urban Studies, in IUST (since May 1986). Have taught different courses in Ph.D. (9Cr), MS. (15Cr) and BS. (23Cr) level in Persian or English in many universities and institutions. Have supervised 12 Ph.D., 89 MS. and 11 BS. theses so far, and at the moment is supervising 9 Ph.D., 19 MS.theses. Have obtained more than 21 awards in different conferences.

Eng. Mahsa M. Ghazi-Jahani

PhD Candidate, Department of Art and Architecture, Islamic Azad University, Science and Research Branch, Tehran, Tehran, Iran (Islamic Republic of)

She is an honored student and assistant in some university courses. She is attending the PhD program in Architecture.


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