Thermal strategies for economical dwellings in warm dry climates in Mexico

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Abstract

The need for quick and economic construction of housing for low-income populations in Mexico has meant that in any climate, housing developments are designed and constructed without regional adaptation. The city of Hermosillo, in northwest Mexico, has a hot dry climate, but despite this situation, a large number of dwellings are not constructed according to local climate conditions. Field studies have been carried out in order to determine physical characteristics of the houses, social and physical characteristic of the people, electricity consumption, indoor climate variables and asked thermal sensation from the users. Some results of this research, presented in previous publications, show high thermal discomfort levels during most of the year, as well as high electricity consumptions. Federal regulations for thermal design in residential dwelling envelopes are being developed (NOM-020-ENER), but they are still in the draft stage. Although there is information available for designers and developers, thermal strategies are not usually applied in low-cost housing developments. Passive thermal strategies are presented in this article, based on regional needs and economic limitations. They focus more on cooling requirements. Some water conservation suggestions and integrated renewal energy techniques have also been taken into account.
Original languageAmerican English
Pages571-576
Number of pages6
StatePublished - 1 Dec 2011
EventPLEA 2011 - Architecture and Sustainable Development, Conference Proceedings of the 27th International Conference on Passive and Low Energy Architecture -
Duration: 1 Dec 2011 → …

Conference

ConferencePLEA 2011 - Architecture and Sustainable Development, Conference Proceedings of the 27th International Conference on Passive and Low Energy Architecture
Period1/12/11 → …

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