The Vernacular and the Environment - Towards a Comprehensive Research Methodology.

Isaac Meir, Roaf S., I. Gilead, Runsheng Tang, I. Stavi, J. Bennett

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Historical, traditional and vernacular housing prototypes have been considered as inherently adapted to the constraints of the natural environment. Such a deterministic attitude has often led to the wrong conclusions regarding appropriate technologies and solutions in general, and in particular those relevant to low cost housing for developing countries. This paper analyses a number of generic types of housing common around the Middle East and the Mediterranean, and assesses their performance vis-à-vis different low-tech upgrade and retrofit strategies. A number of methods and techniques were employed, including monitoring, modeling, numerical analysis, simulation, and infrared thermography. Investigations included different building technologies and materials, morphologies and details, under different arid conditions typical of the Middle Eastern climatic regions.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe 21th Conference on Passive and Low Energy Architecture. Eindhoven, The Netherlands
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2004


  • Arid
  • Climate
  • Construction
  • Comfort
  • Energy
  • Modelling
  • Parametric study
  • vernacular


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