Thermal performance of housing in the hot-humid tropics of Australia

Hyde R. and Docherty M. (1997) Thermal performance of housing in the hot-humid tropics of Australia. Architectural Science Review, 40 3: 105-112. doi:10.1080/00038628.1997.9697391

Author Hyde R.
Docherty M.
Title Thermal performance of housing in the hot-humid tropics of Australia
Journal name Architectural Science Review   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0003-8628
Publication date 1997-01-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/00038628.1997.9697391
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 40
Issue 3
Start page 105
End page 112
Total pages 8
Language eng
Subject 2215 Building and Construction
Abstract The paper reports findings of thermal performance studies of a number of houses in Cairns which are built of differing construction systems. From these findings quite remarkable differences are found in the way the buildings respond to the climate. The implications of this for designers are significant in terms of the levels of thermal comfort expected or desired by users. The conclusions reached suggest that designers should select designs and construction systems that achieve a balance between mass and insulation in the design of housing. In particular, where selective use of active systems are integrated into the building design, the excessive use of mass and insulation to save energy may compromise the efficiency of passive systems and also thermal comfort.
Keyword Australia
Hot-humid climate
Thermal performance
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Unknown

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