Evaluation of Thermal and Visual Comfort: Bioclimatic Strategies for Office Buildings
Given our current way of life and indiscriminate use of conventional electricity, it is essential to define a series of strategies aimed at energy saving and environmental comfort inside buildings. Proper design not only provides thermal and visual comfort for users within the architecture but also enables rational use of electrical energy. The aim of this study was to use interdisciplinary participation to generate a series of sustainable projects within universities and within the scope of public buildings. One of the main objectives was to start a new culture in the construction of office buildings through an environmental point of view. The present report describes a project on energy saving in administrative and educational buildings, taking as an example the main administrative building at the University of Guadalajara. The analysis was based mainly on the energy used in air conditioning, artificial lighting, and the connected equipment in each unit.
KeywordsNatural lighting Solar control Energy saving Environmental comfort Buildings
The author appreciates the financial support received from the National Council of Science and Technology (CONACYT), the contribution of the technical consultancy made by the Commission for the Saving of Energy (CONAE), and the support of the University of Guadalajara.
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