We calculate the influence of thermal mass and night ventilation on the reduction of the maximum indoor temperature in summer in residential buildings without using air-conditioning. The results are given for different locations in the hot-humid Mediterranean climate of Israel. We found that the maximum obtained indoor temperature reduction depends linearly on the temperature difference between day and night at the site. The results obtained show that one can predict the indoor temperature decrease, due to the thermal mass and night ventilation, from the simple and available data of the long term average temperature swing of the site, which is a common available data. The conclusion is that in the hot-humid climate of the Mediterranean coast, high thermal mass with night ventilation is effective for residential buildings with no air-conditioning provided the temperature swing is above which is in general the case in this climate.
What are the Required Conditions for Heavy Structure Buildings to be Thermally Effective in a Hot Humid Climate?
Contributed by the Solar Energy Division of THE AMERICAN SOCIETY OF MECHANICAL ENGINEERS for publication in the ASME JOURNAL OF SOLAR ENERGY ENGINEERING. Manuscript received by the ASME Solar Division August 2003; final revision March 2004. Associate Editor: M. Krarti.
Capeluto , I. G., Yezioro , A., and Shaviv, E. (July 19, 2004). "What are the Required Conditions for Heavy Structure Buildings to be Thermally Effective in a Hot Humid Climate? ." ASME. J. Sol. Energy Eng. August 2004; 126(3): 886–892. https://doi.org/10.1115/1.1755242
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