Analyzing Energy-Saving Measures and Key Metrics for Enhancing Cooling Performance in Atrium Buildings

Atriums are increasingly being used by professional designers and owners to give a number of benefits, such as sufficient sunlight, circulation areas, and surfaces for gardening applications. The space conditioning of atriums, which have a relatively big volume when compared to standard commercial and institutional spaces, is one of the most critical challenges with this popular architectural feature. Unless proper design strategies are used, adequately conditioned atriums could result in excessive energy use. It can be difficult to attain both high thermal comfort and low energy consumption at the same time. The potential for energy savings from precise temperature management indoors reinforces the case for investigating the applicability of the universal comfort temperatures advocated by international comfort standards. The goal of this article is to assess energy saving strategies that have aided in the achievement of architectural design characteristics while also supporting thermal environment conditions. A systematic analysis of elements for energy saving identified design aspects that have influenced the development of a comfortable atmosphere through a literature review. Environmental considerations in the installation of architectural characteristics in atriums have been characterised as daylighting, acoustics, natural ventilation, and temperature regulation. The results would help architects and designers choose the most energy-efficient atrium building type, as well as optimise the controlled atmosphere during the initial design stage.

Author (s) Details

Shashi Saxena
School of Architecture, LNCT University, Bhopal (M.P), India.

Anupama Sharma
Department of Architecture and Planning, Maulana Azad National Institute of Technology, Bhopal (M.P), India.

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