Evaluation and Analysis of the Architectural Environment of Traditional Folk Houses in Tibetan Plateau, China

Luxi Lu, Tianke Zhang, Xiaoliang Wang, Yu Han, Deepak Sridhar, Handong Li, Ben Bin Xu, Victor Fedorovich Kuzin, Xianmin Mai*

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The climate adaptation strategies employed by traditional folk houses provide a theoretical basis and experience for the development of sustainable architecture. This study aimed to perform a quantitative analysis of the traditional Muya folk houses in the Tibetan plateau, China. To understand the indoor building environment characteristics, variation rules, and residents' thermal comfort in winter, a field investigation of traditional Muya folk houses was conducted, and its building environment was evaluated by measuring indoor and outdoor environmental parameters. To evaluate the building performance and environmental level for the whole year, this study also used software such as Ecotect, Grasshopper, Phoenics, and TRNSYS to conduct numerical simulations on the model of the Muya folk house. The results show that the Muya folk houses adapt to the local environment well, and the overall energy consumption of the traditional Muya folk houses was lower than that of the modern construction techniques and materials. The research results provide theoretical support for the design of vernacular architecture and new rural houses on the Tibetan plateau.

Original languageEnglish
Article number845
Number of pages17
JournalEngineered Science
Early online date19 Mar 2023
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2023

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