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Mehdizadeh Saradj F, Ahadi A A, Maleki N. Making balance between optimum daylight and thermal comfort in hot-humid climates Case study: Rashidy historic mansion in Bushehr city, Iran. IJAUP 2014; 24 (2)
URL: http://ijaup.iust.ac.ir/article-1-193-en.html
1- IUST, School of Architecture , mehdizadeh@iust.ac.ir
2- IUST, School of Architecture
Day lighting is one of the important qualitative factors in housing, which is also effective on health and well-being of occupants. Extensive glass surfaces and Transparency in building facades provides good daylight quantity for interior spaces. However, this lighting system is not appropriate for climates faced with higher sunlight radiation (Such as hot-humid areas), due to overheating and disturbing the thermal comfort. There are efficient day lighting strategies in the traditional Iranian architecture as one of the valuable remaining heritages of Human experiences, which are useful for contemporary architecture. This article intends to investigate daylight quality in the houses of Bushehr from Qajar period by modeling and simulating in daylight calculation software (Dialux) and identify day lighting strategies utilized in these houses. As Bushehr city is located in the hot-humid region of Iran, is faced with high sunlight radiation, making balance between receiving light and heat gain through windows needs careful attention. The houses of Qajar period in Bushehr are evolved samples of traditional architecture in the city and Rashidy house (built in 1893) is one of them which its form and details can reveal many lessons on coping with climate by merely using renewable energies.

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