Optimising environmental design strategies to improve thermal performance in office buildings in Kenya
Kiamba, Lorna Ndanu (2016) Optimising environmental design strategies to improve thermal performance in office buildings in Kenya. PhD thesis, University of Nottingham.
An examination of contemporary office buildings in the warm humid region of Kenya revealed the predominance of highly glazed lightweight buildings that are prone to overheating and rely on costly and unsustainable active climate control systems. In the midst of growing energy demand and a potential deficit in supply, the influx of these poorly designed buildings has intensified the need to explore viable climate-responsive design alternatives suitable to local conditions that can extend occupant comfort and reduce the need for energy intensive environmental control systems. This view is shared by the Kenyan government which has set ambitious targets to develop and enforce national codes for energy efficiency and conservation in buildings by 2030. However, despite the clear and urgent need, research shows that little work has been developed to date that can be applied to the Kenyan context and climate.
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