How Green Building Passive Design Techniques Can Enhance the Lighting and Thermal Indoor Environment in Museums

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The British University in Dubai (BUiD)
There is a need for global environmental sustainable development involving upgrading the built environment with green initiatives to conserve energy. museums has relatively extra electricity usages as it needs provide suitable internal environmental conditions 24 hours a day, It must retain lighting quality for all displays, so if museum buildings were designed in a sustainable manner, they can become electricity efficient and conserve energy . This paper focuses on explaining how museum buildings can become sustainable for the future, through using passive design technologies that enhance the indoor environment and reduces energy consumption in museums. It explains the background of how passive technologies are significant for museum buildings in hot climates, and how they can be implemented. It includes a comprehensive academic literature review related to energy consumption, passive cooling strategies to reduce energy consumption. The paper also includes a study that is conducted on a proposed museum building in United Arab emirate; this study will contain computer simulations for the building thermal behavior, lighting and design modification of building components. The study will show how applying design strategies like orientation, insulation, thermal mass, glazing and shading can affect the overall indoor environment inside the museum, it will contain a case study that demonstrate how applying these design strategies can minimize the cooling loads by 56% and as a consequence reduce energy use. This study suggests using architectural passive design scheme for museum buildings especially in hot climates. It is an effort to emphasize the importance of preserving our environment to all architects involved in the field of conservation and more specifically to the culture sector, expecting that it would motivate new ideas for museum design as a measure of sustainable conservation.
green building, passive design, thermal indoor environment, museums, sustainable development, built environment, energy consumption