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Analysis of Sustainable Tower Architectural Design in the UAE
The issue of high consumption of energy in commercial buildings such as office towers in the UAE and its adverse impact on the environment is alarming and must be considered by decision makers in any future planning. This requires improvement of ambient microclimate in the urban environment, adaptation of urban buildings to passive mode systems for cooling and natural lighting, and using more efficient advanced air conditioning systems.
Improving energy efficiency and sustainability of office buildings must depend on green design guidelines as a basis for generation of design alternatives and concept development analysis. The design issues and determinants for office tower design are outlined in Table 3.2. This table can be used along with the design guidelines shown in Appendix A to help designers generate design concepts of sustainable towers and to evaluate case studies. The guidelines are used here as basis for a wide-range analysis of office towers design in the UAE. Four case studies are used to demonstrate the ideas. The chosen case studies are described below and their design data received from a conducted survey by the author (of three of them) were introduced in Appendix B.
Table 3.2 Design issues and determinants for office tower design in hot climates
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