One of the primary tasks of building’s designers is to create a built environment that is able to improve human wellbeing and productivity, at the same time maintaining an adequate level of operational efficiency and an effective use of natural resources. In that regards, the HVAC system (Heating, ventilation and air conditioning) is one of the most important elements in designing a “sustainable” building in EAC countries. A conventional design approach is, by itself, not sufficient to achieve good performance because a building should be conceived as a system, capable of providing different types of services with the minimum impact. In fact, the incorrect design of a building from the architectural point of view (envelope, orientation, lay-out of the internal space, etc.) can result, for example, in an oversized HVAC system which can be energy intensive to operate and costly and difficult to maintain. Sustainable building design in EAC countries implies integrated design, which means that architects and mechanical engineers must interact, just as both have to interact with the energy expert. There is no possibility of interaction if the designer does not have some basic knowledge of the technologies that are used with great expertise by mechanical engineers.
In that respects, the aim of the course is to provide the main information about technological systems and tools for designing climate responsive buildings in EAC and other tropical countries with similar climates.
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Because green buildings are a relatively new phenomenon, there have been relatively few reported decisions that involve green building–related disputes.41 However, there are a number of issues unique to green building that are likely to become the subject...
Because green buildings are a relatively new phenomenon, there have been relatively few reported decisions that involve green building–related disputes.41 However, there are a number of issues unique to green building that are likely to become the subject of litigation in the near future. For example, what party is responsible if a building loses green building tax credits because of construction delays?42 On a more fundamental level, are laws that mandate certain green building standards unconstitutional if they delegate legislative functions to non-legislative branch entities?43 Perhaps the most common issue faced by contractors, design professionals, and owners is that they fail to understand that there is a difference between a normal construction project and a green construction project. Consequently, parties often rely on standard contracts that do not necessarily address the risks unique to such projects. Failure to recognize such risks creates the potential for disputes and litigation at some point in the process