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Housing, Climate And Comfort

About The Book: Although housing typologies are a result of multiple determinants, climate and culture are the two most important determinants. Without good information and understanding of the local climate, it is not possible to study and achieve optimalbuilding design. Most building designers in the past knew about the climate wherein they were building. They knew about the ways in which they could profit by certain climatic features and beat those that were less favorable, by selecting suitable building shapes, orientation, location, and the utilization of appropriate building materials. It is characteristic of primitive and vernacular buildings that they typically respond to climate very well (Rapoport, 1969). This section deals with the final step in the linear cycle of creating climate-responsive architecture, as stated earlier in Chapter 2, i.e., Climate, Bio-climate, Technology and Architecture. Now technology, i.e., technologies required to create climate responsive built environment, has already been discussed in Chapters 3, 4, 5 and 6, and so have been a few architectural strategies, but in this Chapter, the architectural strategies are being looked into in more detail, because to actually create climate-responsive built spaces in the actual sense, the most pivotal step is the consummation of the bioclimatic studies and technological solutions in the form of appropriate architectural solutions.

About Author : Dr. Janmejoy Gupta (Ph.D., (Arch), M.Planning, B.Arch.) is an Architect-Urban Planner with more than 16 years of industrial and teaching experience. Presently he is Associate Professor and Former Head, Department of Architecture (on rotation) in School of Planning and Architecture, Vijayawada, India. Research areas are passive design strategies for thermal comfort in dwellings, energy efficiency in buildings, Vernacular Architecture and Sustainability in Urban Planning. He has got quite a few Scopus and WoS indexed publications in Routledge, Elsevier and Springer Nature.He is in Editor/Member/Reviewer of a few journals including Environmental Progress (Wiley). He is Certified LEED-IGBC Accredited Professional (AP) Since May 2010 (Indian Green Building Council AP). He is passionate about climate responsivearchitecture and feels that all buildings should naturally respond to climate along with the cultural settings. His mix of industrial experience, academic-teaching and research has led to certain insights, as presented in this book.


  • An overview of climatic elements that an Architect needs to understand to help create climate-responsive designs.The concept of bio-climate, how climate affects occupant’s biology vis-a-vis thermal comfort (building bio-climatic chart).
  • Understanding sequential study of macro-climatic elements, micro-climatic elements (site-specific), impact on indoor thermal comfort and finally through appropriate architectural interventions, designing appropriate climate – Responsive dwellings.
  • Relevant for students, researchers and especially to those architects who want to get some guidelines for designing climate-responsive buildings.
  • Long/Short/MCQ questions and answers.

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