Assessing Thermal Comfort Indices In Line With The Architectural Design Compatible With The Climate In Babolsar

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Abstract. Today, the impact of climatic characteristics and weather conditions on construction and housing cannot be overlooked. Considering climatic conditions and characteristics, examining the effect of these elements on architecture and its interactive relationship with buildings are inevitable. This study examined the thermal comfort indices and corresponding climatic factors in Babolsar.In order to determine the comfort conditions in buildings of Babolsar, this research has been conducted based on bioclimatic indices and aims to use environmental potentials in order to save energy and improve comfort in the built environments. Accordingly, the required climate data over a 60-year period (1951-2010) were collected according to the climate center of Babolsar and Meteorological Organization website of Iran. Research methodology in this study was descriptive-analytical. Using methods for the assessment of thermal comfort indices such as those proposed by Givoni, Olgay and Mahani, architectural conditions compatible with climate were determined for Babolsar. Finally, some recommendations were presented for the design of residential space, including skeletal form, building materials, direction of the building, location and size of openings.


Climate, architecture, thermal comfort indices, Babolsar

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