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close this bookDesign Handbook on Passive Solar Heating and Natural Cooling (HABITAT, 1990, 162 p.)
close this folderIntroduction
View the documentA. The design process
View the documentB. Site investigation
View the documentC. Relating the brief to the site
View the documentD. Schematic design stage
View the documentE. Detailed design stage
View the documentF. An outline to this publication

B. Site investigation

The first stage of the design process should be an analysis of the site in terms of the environmental, physical and legal considerations. The micro climate of the site, its access to sunlight and access to views are three major environmental considerations of an investigation of the site. Generally the temperature patterns on the site will be similar to those recorded in the district by the weather bureau, but the micro- wind patterns may vary somewhat according to surrounding obstructions such as buildings. trees and general topography. The summer afternoon breezes in a particular district might be from the northeast according to published data but on a particular site the direction might be changed by a small hill or grove of trees. The street pattern might deflect the wind and funnel it in another direction. A clear picture can only be obtained by visual inspection of the site. occupants can often be a useful source of information.

Before visiting the site, however, the designer should be familiar with the general climate of the district and have some idea of the appropriate design strategies for that climate, year-round. This is less of a problem where the designer lives in the district and has a first-hand knowledge of the climate of the area. The process known as "bioclimatic analysis" is especially useful where the designer is not totally familiar with the area (see chapter VI).