Sun Protection

The longest axis of buildings should be oriented east-west, to provide optimal shade. The openings leading to east and west should be kept to a minimum in order to reduce heat input in the early morning and late afternoon.


It is recommended to raise the building to better exploit the winds for the ventilation.


Individual houses can have a shape in L, U or H, provided that the bedrooms and the livingroom are shaded and located where air circulation is the most pronounced.


Source: sustainable architectural design in a tropical environment. ONU Habitat