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Chinese Climate and Vernacular Dwellings

NPS Group, Earle House, Colonial Street, Kingston upon Hull, HU2 8JY, UK
Buildings 2013, 3(1), 143-172;
Received: 28 November 2012 / Revised: 11 January 2013 / Accepted: 17 January 2013 / Published: 31 January 2013
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Sustainable Design and Construction)
The industrial and economic expansion of China, particularly its rapid urbanization, has resulted in dramatic increased consumption of energy resources and the resulting environmental impacts at local, regional and global levels. Although a national program aimed at the technological development of sustainable buildings with energy saving potential is ongoing, it is also appropriate to consult vernacular architectural tradition. This holds the potential to learn and adapt important cultural ideas developed over time on the art of balancing thermal comfort between climate and limited resources. This paper explores the five different climatic regions into which China is partitioned by the Chinese authorities: severe cold region, cold region, moderate region, hot summer and cold winter region, and hot summer and mild winter region. Analysis of each region covers the climate and its vernacular architecture with a special focus on how sustainability was addressed. Finally, regional climate scenario has been analyzed on the basis of data from Meteonorm V6.1 with special attention paid to passive design strategies. View Full-Text
Keywords: China; climate; vernacular dwelling; passive building design; sustainability China; climate; vernacular dwelling; passive building design; sustainability
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