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Realizing Sustainability in Topical Climate Zones

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Canada Room, Consulate General of Canada in Hong Kong

5/F. Exchange Square Three 8 Connaught Place, Central

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Realizing Sustainability in Topical Climate Zones

In the face of climate change, the building industry has been given a new challenge: develop buildings that provide occupants thermally comfortable spaces that are protected from the elements while at the same time limiting the developments environmental and carbon footprint.

Tropical climates make this difficult. During the summer, temperatures often exceed 32˚C and the hot, humid days typically include heavy afternoon thundershowers. Traditional buildings in this climate are often highly sheltered and heavily reliant on air-conditioning, making for building developments that are energy intensive and unsustainable in the long-term.

How do modern designers balance sustainability and the need to keep occupants comfortable in tropical climate zones?

On the 5.4-million-square-foot, Brickell City Center in Miami Florida, RWDI was challenged to support the development of a solution that harnessed the elements to create circulation space that could be used throughout the year without the need for mechanical space conditioning systems. The sheltered platform which does not use any mechanical ventilation, has been branded as the “climate ribbon” and has also become the project’s centerpiece sustainable design feature.

In this case study presentation and networking session, Mike Williams, will explain how this undulating strip of steel and glass offers natural air conditioning and shelter to users, helping designers achieve the perfect balance between sustainability and user comfort.


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