During the winter months the prevailing winds are coming from the Northwest to the Southwest.
Monthly Diurnal Averages chart shows each monthâ€™s 24 hour average Dry Bulb and Wet Bulb Temperatures, and Global Horizontal, Direct Normal and Diffuse Solar Radiation. It also shows (in light blue) the peak hourly Dry Bulb temperatures for each hour of each month.
The temperature range chart shows that there are only a few months in the year that are within the comfort zone. Design strategies should be implemented to provide a more comfortable environment.
Prevailing Wind during the Winter months shown as an overlay on the site map.
Climate Strategies -Sunny wind protected outdoor spaces can create a move comfortable outdoor gathering space. -Heat gain from people, equipment and lights will greatly reduce heating needs so a tight floor plan can be useful. -For passive solar heating, south facing windows will maximize winter sun exposure. However, shading for summer months to prevent overheats will be needed. -Provide double pane high performance glazing (low-E) on west, north and east facade, but clear on south for maximum passive solar gain. -On hot days, ceiling fans or indoor air motion can make the indoor temperature 5-10 degrees cooler.
During the Spring months the prevailing winds are coming from the Northeast
-Provide double pane high performance glazing (low-E) on west, north and east facade, but clear on south for maximum passive solar gain. -Organize floorplan so winter sun penetrates into daytime use spaces with specific functions that coincide with solar orientation. -Window overhangs (designed for this latitude) or operable sunshades (extend in summer, retract in winter) can reduce or eliminate air conditioning.
The Psychrometric chart is one of the most useful charts. This chart breaks down the percentage of comfort hours that one would likely have in this climate. With this chart we are able to see what desgin strategies can be implemented and to what degree it would change the percentage of comfort. During the summer months the prevailing winds are coming from the South.
-Good natural ventilation can reduce or eliminate air conditioning in warm weather, if windows are well shaded and oriented to prevailing breezes. -To capture natural ventilation, wind direction can be changed up to 45 degrees toward the building by exterior wingwalls and planting.
During the fall months the prevailing winds are coming from the southwest to the south.
The ground temperature chart shows the various temperature change from the ground and as you continue to more off the ground.This information will help decided where outdoor space will be best suitable to maximize outdoor comfort.
The illumination chart will lend to maximize daylighting and direct solar gain during colder months. This will also help with reducing heating cost during winter months and electrical costs throughout the year.
Prevailing Wind during the Summer months shown as an overlay on the site map.
Published on May 12, 2013