A study on the thermal performance of the earthen tower in summer

Fan Wang*

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This paper focuses on the thermal properties of earthen towers, unique traditional dwelling buildings at Yongding, in Fujian, China. The main climate factors affecting indoor thermal environment in the area are discussed. The architectural details of the earthen tower functioning as thermal defence in summer are analysed. A computer simulation programme, developed especially for the condition of building and climate in Fujian, is used to study the thermal interaction between building structure, occupancy and climate. The results from various rooms in two typical forms of the building show that the thermal performance of the earthen tower is excellent.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)413-421
Number of pages9
JournalBuilding and Environment
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Oct 1992

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Engineering
  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Building and Construction


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