Building Context and Passive Design
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Building Context and Passive Design

Journal Entry For
Module 4 - Conceptual Design - Building Context & Passive Design
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Jan 22, 2022 9:13 PM
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Jan 24, 2022 2:01 AM
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Daniel Diaz Salgado

INTRODUCTION

My vision for the building is to reduce the environmental impact of my building while providing a healthy environment within the building. For many, sustainability generates well-being for the citizens and promises things that will last. The location of my project is set at the city of Acapulco in Mexico, with weather that hovers around 30 °C during daylight and 24° C at night during the year. The spot chosen is at the city's outskirts to detonate a future development zone of the town and take advantage of the great topography.

Designing buildings is about making choices. Then, I tested six geometrical figures with different position configurations for this Design Journal entry. The selected format was the hexagon with a void at the middle of the figure. Based on that mass, I will move forward with my design ideas.

Image 1. Hexagon mass with a void
Image 1. Hexagon mass with a void

Image 2. Site location
Image 2. Site location

DESIGN ALTERNATIVES

Image 3. Design alternatives oriented to the south.
Image 3. Design alternatives oriented to the south.

For selecting my primary masses, I chose geometrical figures that could be symmetrical at least with one side, coherent with my previous design goals. Those design alternatives were tested with the solar analysis provided by Revit.

Image 4. Design alternatives
Image 4. Design alternatives

Acapulco is sunny mainly during the year, so it is crucial to have less cumulative insolation to protect the internal environment and spend less in cooling the spaces of a building in this location. All the masses were designed with similar floor areas for this study.

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The selected configuration was the hexagon with a void in the middle based on the preliminary solar analysis results.

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