A study on the thermal behavior of traditional residential buildings: Rasoulian house case study

Somayeh Asadi, Maryam Fakhari, Mona Sendi

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Traditional buildings throughout the globe provide instructive examples of sustainable solutions to building design problems. In recent years, researchers and architects have conducted different studies that represent the principles of Iran's climate-responsive architecture. Yazd traditional buildings are examples of Iranian architecture that bear characteristics of environmentally friendly buildings. Thermal performance and comfort condition of these buildings in summer have been the matter of interest in recent studies. In this article, summer sections of Yazd traditional homes and their thermal behavior were studied. Yazd is located in hot and arid regions of Iran. EnergyPlus software program was used to investigate the thermal behavior of this house. To validate the developed model, a field study was carried out with lascar electronics data logger. The results reveal that internal temperature of summer sections in all seasons has less fluctuation than the outdoor temperature. Also, weather temperature in underground spaces is closer to the comfort temperature in comparison with spaces near to the ground floor. Therefore, to provide thermal comfort condition in these homes the least amount of non-renewable energy is needed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)334-342
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Building Engineering
StatePublished - Sep 1 2016

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Architecture
  • Building and Construction
  • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality
  • Mechanics of Materials


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