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SUSTAINABLE BUILDING GUIDE IN TROPICAL REGIONS

VOLUME 1

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This document was prepared by ENERGIES 2050 on behalf of the Institut de la Francophonie for Sustainable Development (IFDD).

Extract from the OIF/IFDD website

The objective of the Sustainable Buildings Guide in Tropical Regions Programme is to provide answers to environmental, economic and social problems resulting from massive urbanization and unsuitable building design and construction practices in tropical regions. It aims to serve as a reference for professionals in the construction sector and, more generally, the built environment as well as for public institutions working in the regions concerned.

More broadly, it is intended to provide teachers, researchers and students with reading keys. It is also an invitation to each one to question his professional practices and to subscribe to dynamics of development and resilient development, sober in natural resources and carbon, carrying a better living sharing and generating activities Economic criteria that meet the criteria of sustainable development.
This document is part of the Francophone Initiatives for the Promotion of Sustainable Cities in Africa, supported by the International Organization of La Francophonie (OIF) through its subsidiary body, the Francophonie Institute for Sustainable Development (IFDD) And by its partners. In particular, this Guide is a concrete realization of the Francophonie Initiative for Sustainable Cities (IFVD) co-founded by the IFDD and the association ENERGIES 2050 in 2011.

It is articulated in two complementary volumes:

The first volume is devoted to the integration of sustainability objectives into the design of new buildings in tropical regions. It deals with passive ventilation and lighting strategies as well as the design of air conditioning systems.

The second volume is complementary to the first volume and focuses on the energy efficiency of existing buildings in tropical regions.

Volume 1 has seven chapters:

Chapter 1: Climate and Bioclimatic Diagrams,
Chapter 2: Passive strategies in the building, bases and concepts,
Chapter 3: Ventilation and Natural Cooling Systems,
Chapter 4: Natural lighting and integration with artificial lighting,
Chapter 5: Air conditioning and air conditioning systems,
Chapter 6: Renewable Energies,
Chapter 7: Water Management.

Since air conditioning is one of the major sources of energy consumption in tropical regions, several chapters will focus mainly on methods to limit heat inside the building and to ensure the thermal comfort of its occupants: taking into account the microclimate (Chapter 3), lighting and efficient equipment (Chapter 4), and design of air conditioning systems (Chapter 5).

This Guide has been published with the support of the Brussels-Capital Region.

Sustainable Building Guide in Tropical Regions

Volume 1

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