Solar passive features in vernacular architecture of North-East India

Publication year: 2011
Source: Solar Energy, In Press, Corrected Proof, Available online 14 June 2011

Manoj Kumar, Singh , Sadhan, Mahapatra , S.K., Atreya

Energy consumption in the buildings sector is very high and is expected to increase further due to improvements in living standard and increase in the world’s population. Incorporating appropriate solar passive features in climate responsive buildings are good options for energy conservation. This kind of building design integrates the micro-climate and architecture with human thermal comfort conditions and improves the building energy efficiency. From ancient times, people have used solar passive techniques in vernacular architectures throughout the world. However, still there is a lack of understanding, both in qualitative and quantitative aspects of solar passive techniques in vernacular architectures of…

 Highlights: ► This research work is carried out on vernacular architecture of North-East India. ► Solar passive features in naturally ventilated vernacular architecture of North Eastern region, India. ► Solar passive features related to building design that fits socio-cultural setup are explained for different climatic zones of the region.