Potential thermal impacts of internal courtyard in terrace houses

A case study in tropical climate

Nasibeh Sadafi, Elias @ Ilias Salleh, Chin Haw Lim, Zaky Jaafar

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Abstract

This study investigates the effects of introducing internal courtyard on thermal comfort performance of a case study terrace house in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia. The inclusion of an internal courtyard in building design is attributed to maximize the thermal interactions between the building and outdoor environment. However, different design details of the building composition will result in various climatic effects of internal courtyard. Based on computer simulations, the introduction of internal courtyard into a typical Malaysian terrace house will increase heat gain in the indoor spaces which do not have any openings to the outdoor environment except into the courtyard. In contrast spaces with openings to the outdoors as well as courtyard will experience better thermal conditions. The behavioral effects of the courtyard on indoor thermal condition is affected in relation with envelop openings. Since more solar radiation will penetrate in the house through the internal courtyard, sufficient and effective openings with suitable shading device as well as suitable material for its walls will help to improve the thermal condition in surrounding spaces of the courtyard.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2770-2775
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Applied Sciences
Volume8
Issue number15
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2008
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • Heat gain
  • Internal courtyard
  • Terrace housing
  • Thermal comfort
  • Tropical climate

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Potential thermal impacts of internal courtyard in terrace houses : A case study in tropical climate. / Sadafi, Nasibeh; Salleh, Elias @ Ilias; Lim, Chin Haw; Jaafar, Zaky.

In: Journal of Applied Sciences, Vol. 8, No. 15, 2008, p. 2770-2775.

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