Energy efficiency of buildings with a solar space: Two case studies from the Anatolian Plateau

ELİAS ÖZKAN S. T. , Summers F., Taner Ö.

26th International Conference on Passive and Low Energy Architecture: Architecture Energy and the Occupant's Perspective, PLEA 2009, Quebec City, QC, Canada, 22 - 24 June 2009 identifier

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Full Text
  • City: Quebec City, QC
  • Country: Canada
  • Keywords: Energy efficiency, Mud-brick construction, Solar spaces, Thermal comfort


This paper discusses two case studies on the energy efficiency of buildings with south facing solar spaces. The study was conducted on buildings located on the Anatolian Plateau, a semi-arid upland region of Central Turkey where the harsh climate is characterized by long severe winters and hot, dry summers. One is an experimental hollow-brick building on the edge of the capital, the other constructed of mud-brick at an eco-center in a traditional village. Findings of this study have demonstrated that solar-spaces added to both buildings have a positive influence on the thermal performance of these buildings by reducing the annual heating loads by almost 10%.