Low-energy design in the United Arab Emirates–drivers and urban design principles

Climate responsive design and traditional design elements of the Persian Gulf may provide a basis for low-energy design. Current building models employed in the United Arab Emirates are often unsuited to the region’s climate, causing massive cooling loads as a result of inappropriate site planning, orientation and building envelopes with high levels of glazing. The application of an inter-disciplinary design approach that considers urban design, landscape design, architecture and meteorology may provide a more appropriate low-energy design for such hot and arid climates.

note summary
  1. Introduction
  2. Background
  3. Design strategies for hot and arid climates
  4. Conclusion