It is now quite easy to find extensive climate data for any site through climate consultant or plug ins for BIM modeling software,
but identifying the relevant kernels within the piles of data is not as simple as just downloading the graphic of temperature
tables, sun path diagrams, and wind roses. This exercise is designed to get you to translate the data into conclusions about
a sites climate that can impact earlier design decisions.
You will be given one of the following Cities in a specif climate regions to explore using climate consultant and your text book.
30°, New Orleans, Louisiana: Hot–Humid Climate
33°, Phoenix, Arizona: Hot–Arid Climate
39°, Saint Louis, Missouri: Temperate Continental Climate
44°, Eugene, Oregon: Temperate Coastal Climate
45°, Minneapolis, Minnesota: Cool Climate
1.1 – DUE Submitted to assignment portal by Saturday, March 27 11:59PM
Assemble the data for your city and climate region.
In class determine the climate goals for your climate region.
1.2 – DUE Submitted to portal by Saturday, April 2 11:59PM
Using your assembled data determine the following:
Temperature: How many months of the year is would the outdoor temperature be considered comfortable? Too hot? Too
cold? What can you determine from these findings about the kind of building you would have to design for temperature?
Daylighting: How much available daylight is there? Would it be adequate for a commercial building during normal business
hours? Is there too much and you’ll need to control it? Is there too little and you’ll need to magnify it?
Winds: Is wind a liability or an asset for your climate? What time of year do you need to be concerned with harnessing the
wind? Shielding from the wind?
Sun and Shade: What does the sun path data tell you? When do you want to prevent direct sun in your building? When do
you want to allow it? What kind of building elements are you going to need to help with this?
Passive Strategies: What kinds of passive strategies will work best for your climate region?
1.3 – DUE for presentation in class Tuesday, April 6, submitted to blackboard portal Wednesday, April 7 by noon.
Create a series of diagrams that describe how each of these aspects of climate may influence your building.
Assemble the most relevant data, your conclusions and diagrams into a compelling and informative presentation of your
climate region and how it might influence design decisions.