Environmental Design: Saving Energy by Using Natural Resources

By Parisa Rafipour and Solmaz Nemati.

Published by The Design Collection

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Article: Print $US10.00
Article: Electronic $US5.00

There have always been discussions about how to use our environment and resources, to keep them for the future human generations. Using natural resources have always been the best option in any era. It is clear that ventilating, cooling, and heating the environment of the buildings are massive energy consumers which this forces the designers to take more responsibility in the matter. The interesting concept that the past generations used with minimum technology in getting advantages of the natural resources in the building designs, is easily applicable nowadays with the improved scientific knowledge. One of the best examples of this, is the ventilation Wind Towers (Wind Catchers), which were massively used in the Middle East, especially in the city of Yazd in Iran. In this paper, we describe the principles and elements used in the historic Persian Architecture for saving energy with the help of natural resources like wind catchers and domes. We will demonstrate how to use these simple but smart principles in the modern design of our buildings to save our irreversible energies.

Keywords: Designing Principles, Using Natural Resources, Saving Energy, Environmental Design, Wind catchers, Dome, Modern Design of Wind catchers

Design Principles and Practices: An International Journal, Volume 5, Issue 3, pp.337-354. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 5.376MB).

Parisa Rafipour

Student, Payam Noor University, Tehran, Tehran, Iran (Islamic Republic of)

I am an undergraduate student, Payam Noor University, Tehran, Iran and have about one term left to finish my studies for Undergraduate Degree and hopefully continue my educations at a Graduate School. I am also working in a company, I’m in charge of the designing process and I’m a teacher too. I really like to search and find new ways of improving myself, the world and everything. As once I’ve read and I’ll have it in my mind all the time, if you’re standing still you are moving backwards. I keep this attitude in my educations too that is why I love to search. My interests are Environmental design, Green Architecture and Environmental Psychology and Design.

Solmaz Nemati

Payam Noor University, New City Pardis, Tehran, Iran (Islamic Republic of)


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