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
  • Middle East Technical University Affiliated: Yes


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%.