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IJESD 2017 Vol.8(2): 102-106 ISSN: 2010-0264
doi: 10.18178/ijesd.2017.8.2.929

Passive Strategies of Naturally Ventilated Residential Houses in the Equatorial Humid Tropics

Harimi Djamila

Abstract—The thermal performance of any house depends on the climatic conditions surrounded the buildings. The aim of this study is to investigate the available strategies for building passive design. This is while making the building comfortable and efficient. Mahoney tables, bioclimatic chart and Climate Consultant software were used to analyze the available strategies in improving the indoor thermal performance of the building for occupants’ thermal comfort. Kota Kinabalu city (Malaysia) and Bandar Seri Begawan (Brunei) are the selected locations in this study. The results showed that all the methods agreed that ventilation is the best approach for passive cooling. Many recommended passive strategies for indoor cooling were suggested and discussed in this article. Overall, thermal comfort of the occupants was not achievable all the time. In the humid tropics heat gain is also not recommended all year round.

Index Terms—Malaysia, tropical humid climate, passive design, residential buildings.

Harimi Djamila is with the Faculty of Engineering, Universiti Malaysia Sabah, Kota Kinabalu, 88400, Malaysia (e-mail: harimidjamila@gmail.com).


Cite: Harimi Djamila, "Passive Strategies of Naturally Ventilated Residential Houses in the Equatorial Humid Tropics," International Journal of Environmental Science and Development vol. 8, no. 2, pp. 102-106, 2017.

General Information

  • ISSN: 2010-0264 (Print)
  • Abbreviated Title: Int. J. Environ. Sci. Dev.
  • Frequency: Bimonthly(Since 2022); Monthly
  • DOI: 10.18178/IJESD
  • Editor-in-Chief: Prof. Richard Haynes
  • Executive Editor: Ms. Nancy Y. Liu
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