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BEE: Arid (2014)

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In examining what would be appropriate to our members, a publication that embraced the world and environments beyond the confines of the Middle East became an obvious step forward. Instead of generating a document that had a geographical base as before, it seemed more relevant to create one that was climate zone driven, which could be applied to different parts of the world as appropriate.

This document on arid climates is the first of a three-part series that reflects different climate zones. These three, linked to the relevant pages on the CIBSE Knowledge Portal, are:

With an ever-increasing number of our members working on international projects, or being based in locations unfamiliar to them, these documents have been designed to provide an introduction to topics that might be unfamiliar and to provide information upon which reasoned judgements may be made or lead to further research to be undertaken in support of their professional duties.

1 Introduction (arid climate)

1.1 General

1.2 Scope of data

1.3 Climate classification

1.4 Climate information and data

1.5 Climate analyses

1.6 Climate analysis (example: Dubai)

1.7 Microclimate consideration

1.8 Illumination

1.9 Climatic design information

2 Basic design data

2.1 Comfort

2.2 Basic design information

2.3 Lighting

2.4 Noise and vibration

3 Building design construction and materials

3.1 General

3.2 Architectural and structural issues

3.3 Building thermal performance

3.4 Thermal response (thermal weight)

3.5 Thermal properties of building structures

3.6 Dynamic thermal performance of a structure

3.7 Moisture control and condensation problems

4 Equipment design data

4.1 Introduction

4.2 Utility services

4.3 HVAC

4.4 Refrigeration

4.5 Heat generation and fuels

4.6 Water and sanitation

4.7 Control systems

4.8 Electrical distribution systems

4.9 Lighting

4.10 Vertical transportation

4.11 Fire life safety

5 Sustainability

5.1 Introduction

5.2 Measuring sustainability—benchmarking systems in arid climates

5.3 Integrated design

5.4 Sustainability considerations in arid climates

Acknowledgements: Sean McKeag (lead author).

Chapter authors: John Dick, Simon Hancock, David Burdett, Jackie Portman, Eszter A Gulacsy.

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