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Bioclimatic Design

Sustainable design conserves resources and maximizes comfort through design adaptations to site-specific and regional climate conditions.

Bioclimatic Design addresses:

  • Site and climatic analysis
  • Description of internal versus external building loads
  • Design strategies that reduce or eliminate the need for non-renewable energy resources
  • How these strategies specifically shaped the building plan, section, and massing
  • How these strategies specifically affected placement, orientation, and shading of the building

TOPICS (# on 50to50)

  • (5) Building Form
  • (7) Building Orientation
  • (13) Cool Roofs
  • (15) Daylighting
  • (16) Earth Sheltering
  • (23) Geoexchange
  • (24) Green Roof
  • (28) Mass Absorption
  • (30) Natural Ventilation
  • (31) Open, Active Daylit Spaces
  • (32) Passive Solar Collection Opportunities
  • (38) Smart Controls
  • (39) Space Zoning
  • (41) Sun Shading
  • (44) Thermal Bridging
  • (46) Vegetation for Sun Control
  • (47) Walkable Communities
  • (49) Water Conservation
  • (50) Windows and Openings

Other appropriate topics include:

  • Biomimicry 
 

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