Underground dwellings and their microclimate under arid conditions

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The climate and energy advantages of underground dwellings have long been praised. In many cases such praises have been based on qualitative assessments, whereas in others the existence of numerous such examples in specific geoclimatic regions – such as deserts – has been assumed to indicate their positive characteristics. This paper presents three case studies from three distinctly different geoclimatic zones of the Israeli deserts, assessing the appropriateness of underground spaces for living in each one of them, and discussing briefly strategies for indoor microclimate improvement. Conference topic: design strategies, case studies
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDesign With the Environment, Proc. 19th PLEA 2002 Int. Conf. Toulouse, France
StatePublished - 1 Jul 2002


  • Arid
  • Cave
  • Desert
  • Earth integrated
  • Microclimate
  • underground


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