Buildings for the Tropics
Commercial and government buildings under tropical conditions require not only an user specific lay-out but also
need to be designed taking into account specific aspects relevant to the tropics.
Using the wind flow for passive cooling, shading user areas from the sun, balancing energy costs versus
comfortableness, together with acoustical constraints must all be considered to reach an optimal (indoor) climate
for the buildings in the tropics.
The combination of higher natural wind velocities in a saltine environment with the sun should be considered
as well on all type of construction materials end equipment. Lifetime expectancy for a building can be considerably lower under these circumstances. Selecting the right combination of materials and finishes becomes
Expertise advise must be part of the design for these circumstances.