Mapping the potential for climate-conscious design of buildings

Evyatar Erell, Boris Portnov, Yair Etzion

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Where climatic conditions vary substantially across a country, it may be of benefit to map the potential of different areas for the application of various techniques for energy-conscious architecture. A zoning approach is proposed that is based on careful selection of climatic variables from meteorological data commonly available, and which uses the statistical technique of cluster analysis for regional grouping. The proposed approach is illustrated for the case of Israel, whose climatic conditions are extremely diverse despite the country's small size. The proposed approach may help to determine the spatial limits to which certain performance standards may apply, or in which particular climate-conscious design techniques may be beneficial.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)271-281
Number of pages11
JournalBuilding and Environment
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 2003
Externally publishedYes


  • Climate mapping
  • Cluster analysis
  • Energy-conscious architecture

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Engineering
  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Building and Construction


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