The purpose of climatic design is to facilitate an increase in the energy efficiency of buildings. Thermal design improves the living and working environment for occupants through ecologically sustainable means. It also seeks to reduce the effect on public health by adverse climatic conditions.
Climatic design issues are now incorporated in Residential planning codes and Building Code of Australia.
According to the BCA (Volume 2) Figure 1.1.4 Australia is divided into eight (8) climate zones for the purposes of thermal design of a building. Table 1.1.2 list climate zones for cities of other various locations.
Because buildings are not fully sealed, outside conditions have a significant influence on the climate inside the building. The building's style, the materials used, the state of repair of the building and whether the building is insulated, air-conditioned or without either, all influence the impact outside conditions have on the climate inside the building.
Climate and its importance
Climate change is the greatest environmental threat the world faces today. It is caused by emissions of greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide. Carbon dioxide (CO2) is a by-product of our use of energy, and therefore by cutting energy consumption we automatically reduce total CO2 emissions.
Buildings designed for climate
Some of the design features are outlined below:
There are many Internet site which identify key actions that can be undertaken to save energy. Actions may be divided up into different areas (such as heating, lighting etc.). In Table 1 below you find some links to Internet sites that may be of interest to you.Table 1
You may search the web if you want to look for additional information.
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