Influence of site on thermal design of a two floor ZEH in the desert

M. A. Serag-Eldin

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution


The paper presents the results of investigating the effect of Latitude angle and environmental temperature on the thermal behavior and performance of a fully equipped, air-conditioned, zero energy house located in a desert residential compound. It makes use of the thermal design and analysis tools presented in other work and extends the investigation to include different site environmental characteristics. Data from eight different meteorological sites in the KSA where considered. It is demonstrated that for the same house and occupancy profile, the PV modules, battery storage, and air-conditioning equipment requirements can differ markedly depending on local environment properties. During Summer and Spring the main heat load is due to cooling, but during winter season the load can vary from full cooling, to mixed cooling and heating, to even full heating; the heating load sometimes dictating the size of the required equipment. © 2010 IEEE.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2010 3rd International Conference on Thermal Issues in Emerging Technologies Theory and Applications
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
Number of pages8
ISBN (Print)9781612842684
StatePublished - Dec 2010
Externally publishedYes

Bibliographical note

KAUST Repository Item: Exported on 2020-10-01
Acknowledgements: This work was funded by the King Abdalla Universityfor Science and Technology (KAUST) project onIntegrated Desert Building Technologies, the grant heldby AUC.
This publication acknowledges KAUST support, but has no KAUST affiliated authors.


Dive into the research topics of 'Influence of site on thermal design of a two floor ZEH in the desert'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this