• Governance and strategies for a sustainable built environment
  • The influence of glazed balconies in the thermal comfort in an urban tropical region

    ABSTRACT: Natural ventilation has served as an effective passive cooling design strategy to comfort and reduction energy used by air-conditioning systems, especially, for tropical regions where the temperature and humidity are generally high. The balconies are architectural elements characterized by shaded areas and permanent ventilation with a significant impact on comfort and distribution of air flow inside the building. […]

  • Sustainability assessment tools
  • Integration of Experimental and Simulation Computer Fluid Dynamics to Improve Natural Ventilation in Buildings for Hygrothermal Comfort and Energy Savings

    ABSTRACT: Buildings consume nearly half the global annual energy use that comes mainly from the burning of fossil fuels, which provokes the emission of greenhouse gasses (GHG), and consequently global warming and climate change, among other consequences. The Fifth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC, 2014) confirms and ratifies the necessity for immediate and sustainable […]

  • Technologies for a sustainable built environment
  • Characterization and Thermal Performance of a Compressed Earth Construction System for Improving Comfort and Achieving Energy Savings

    ABSTRACT: Earth has been used historically as a construction material in various regions and cultures for thousands of years. The primitive earth structures consisted mainly of simple wooden frames covered with mud. Earth constructions are usually built in locations where other construction materials are relatively scarce. The process of its fabrications consists of sun-dried mud or adobe bricks with […]