Bioclimatic Architecture in Warm Climates

A Guide for Best Practices in Africa

  • Manuel Correia Guedes
  • Gustavo Cantuaria

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Gustavo Cantuaria
    Pages 1-8
  3. Climate

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 9-9
    2. Ana Monteiro, Helena Madureira
      Pages 11-22
  4. Bioclimatic Design

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 23-23
    2. Manuel Correia Guedes, Leão Lopes, Bruno Marques
      Pages 25-118
    3. Nadia Samia Daoudi, Djamel Mestoul, Samia Lamraoui, Aicha Boussoualim, Luc Adolphe, Rafik Bensalem
      Pages 119-154
    4. Gustavo Cantuaria
      Pages 155-191
    5. Gonçalo Araújo
      Pages 229-247
  5. Urban Sustainability

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 249-249
    2. José Forjaz, Jéssica Lage
      Pages 251-284
    3. Maria Lampreia Dos Santos, Manuel Mota
      Pages 299-309
  6. Energy

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 333-333
  7. Building Materials

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 349-349
    2. João Gomes Ferreira
      Pages 351-369
    3. Helena Cruz, José Saporiti
      Pages 371-396
    4. Edwin Zea Escamilla, Hector Archilla, Denamo Addissie Nuramo, David Trujillo
      Pages 397-414
  8. Water, Sanitation and Drainage

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 415-415
    2. Filipa Ferreira
      Pages 417-441
  9. Environmental Assessment Systems

  10. Back Matter
    Pages 467-491

About this book


This book provides a comprehensive, hands-on approach to bioclimatic building design in Africa. Bioclimatic design is at the core of urban sustainability, and is a critical issue in Africa, where “imported” building typologies are being used at an increasing pace, disregarding the local context and consequently causing damage to the environment, to the economy, and to the culture itself. This book provides a concise set of sustainable design guidelines to be applied in both new buildings and the refurbishment of old buildings, and integrates bioclimatic design strategies with other sustainability issues such as: cultural aspects, affordability, and urban planning. Chapters are fully illustrated with photographs and drawings and include best-practice examples and strategies making it accessible to engineers, architects, students and a broad range of professionals in the building industry.  

  • Encompasses all climatic regions in Africa;
  • Integrates bioclimatic design strategies with other sustainability issues;
  • Discusses new design to refurbishment, from urban to rural, including office buildings, residential, tourism, social housing and self building.


Bioclimatic Design Environmental Assessment Methods Renewable Energy Systems Urban Managment Microclimate and Vegetation Evaporative Cooling Solar Thermal Photovoltaics Biofuels Dry and Wet Latrines Insulation Sustainable building

Editors and affiliations

  • Manuel Correia Guedes
    • 1
  • Gustavo Cantuaria
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Civil Engineering and ArchitectureInstituto Superior TécnicoLisbonPortugal
  2. 2.Stricto Sensu Post-Graduate Program in ArchitectureUniversity Center of Brasilia – UniCEUBBrasiliaBrazil

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2019
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Energy Energy (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-030-12035-1
  • Online ISBN 978-3-030-12036-8
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