—The ultimate goal of bioclimatic architecture is to promote a sustainable living model, taking advantage of natural resources. However, nowadays guaranteed comfort standards are insufficient to promote this architecture as a more valid model. Thus, a domotic system is introduced. The aim of this combination is to guarantee bioclimatic efficiency and constant comfort conditions. The system promotes passive bioclimatic processes, with constant control of all the parameters, as controlling the openings, the shades, etc. Through a central system, the processes and timings are more accurate to the real needs, without human supervision and freeing the user of complex daily tasks. In this paper, we present an introduction to our investigation, with two different case studies: Oporto city, Portugal and Bissau city, Guiné-Bissau. Focusing the automation of passive processes on thermal comfort, daily processes during the most significant annual climate extremes are presented, supported by tables describing how the system should react in different situations and climate conditions.
—Automation of passive processes, bioclimatic architecture, domotics.
Bruno Marques is with the Centro de Estudos Africanos da Universidade do Porto, Portugal (e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org).
Cite: Bruno Marques and Luís M. Pestana Baptista, "Automation of Passive Processes–A Methodology Adapted to a Bioclimatic Architecture," International Journal of Engineering and Technology vol. 5, no. 2, pp. 173-176, 2013.