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Effect of staggered housing layout on internal airflow of houses in Malaysia

Abdul Majid, Noor Hanita and Hokoi, Shuichi and Sapian, Abdul Razak (2007) Effect of staggered housing layout on internal airflow of houses in Malaysia. In: 24th International Conference on Passive and Low Energy Architecture (PLEA 2007), 22-24 November 2007, National University Singapore, Singapore.

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Abstract

The paper presents the airflow studies due to staggered layout at proposed new terrace housing concept in Malaysia. The importance of internal airflow to thermal comfort and indoor air quality of the terrace houses is indisputable (Hui,1998). The internal airflow contributes to cool the human body through evaporation process and indoor air quality through air exchange in the internal spaces. this research suggests that the staggered layout as implemented in the traditional villages is important to facilitate airflow and consequently improve the thermal conditioned of the internal spaces (Lim, 1987). The field data of the parameters related to thermal comfort at the Malay traditional houses and existing terrace houses are used as a basis for comparison on the performance of the airflow at the new proposed layout. Verification of the new proposed concept is done through airflow simulation using CFD method (Abdul Razak and Nurul Asyikin, 2004). Airflow is chosen as an indicator due to its imperative contribution to thermal comfort in the hot humid climate. the research found some improvement to the airflow performance that is foreseen to be a positive contributor to the thermal comfort and indoor air quality performance at the new proposed terrace housing concept.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Full Paper)
Additional Information: 2995/29047
Uncontrolled Keywords: housing layout
Subjects: N Fine Arts > NA Architecture > NA100 Architecture and the state
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes: Kulliyyah of Architecture and Environmental Design > Department of Architecture
Depositing User: Dr Noor Hanita Abdul Majid
Date Deposited: 26 Sep 2013 15:56
Last Modified: 26 Sep 2013 15:57
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/29047

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