Sustainable Architecture Under the Timeline Frame: Case Study of Fujairah in UAE

  • Tahani Yousuf
  • Hanan Taleb
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Civil Engineering book series (LNCE, volume 7)


There is a significant link between thermal comfort and energy performance, since creating comfortable temperatures requires thermal energy. The tighter the tolerances of temperature demanded the more energy consumed. It is therefore important to understand the implications of relaxing those tolerances and what passive strategies are available as alternatives to mechanical temperature control. This study attempts to investigate the impact of passive environmental strategies on built form using a simulation of an existing residential building. The house is located in Al Bithna/Fujairah. The simulation was conducted using IES-VE software. The results show a reduction and savings when implementing different passive strategies. This begins with increasing window size and is followed by changing glazing type and finally adding a shading device to the base model. The aim of this study is to understand sustainability evolution in residential houses in the UAE across different time frames. The document will delve in the past to check the characteristics of old houses in the UAE and their attempts to maintain comfort and sustainability. Turning to the present, a case study is selected to which different passive design strategies are applied and a recommendation of what the future will look like in terms of sustainable residential houses is developed. The study concludes with a look at the impact of combined strategies to see the impact of different variables such as average day lighting, solar gain and cooling sensible load.


Passive design Arid Design strategies Timeline UAE IES 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.British University in DubaiDubaiUAE

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