A Proposed Thinking Strategy as an Approach for Glazing in Hot Regions

Document Type : Original Article


1 Vice Dean for Graduate Studies and Research Affairs, Associated Professor of Architecture, Department of Architecture, Faculty of Fine Arts, Assiut University, Assiut City, Egypt

2 Department of Architectural Engineering, Assiut University, 71518 Assiut, Egypt


Oftentimes, architects opt to utilize largely glazed facades to convey contemporary values through their designs of different buildings. Despite the appealing aesthetics of these approaches, utilizing glazing in hot regions presents various climatic challenges due to its inherent detrimental thermal characteristics. Furthermore, designers may ignore newly developed materials and techniques that can mitigate the negative impact of glazing. The study's goal is to present a thought strategy as an approach to encouraging the inclusion of climate-responsive concepts as part of the glazing design process. The approach is based on the rational and critical exploration of conventional and innovative glazing methods. Through this thought strategy, designers can gain a deeper understanding of the impact of glazing choices on buildings' performances, especially in hot regions, and allow for a thorough evaluation of both traditional and innovative glazing methods, allowing designers to select the most climate-responsive, comfortable, and environmentally friendly options. The outcome serves as an adjunct to traditional thinking during or after the glazing design process. The proposed strategy is also ideal for expert assessment and optimization of glazing in hot regions, in addition to fostering a shift towards more environmentally conscious glazing practices tailored for hot-region glazing designs.


Volume 47, Issue 2
(issued on 1/4/2024 in 4 Parts: Part (1): Mechanical Engineering, Part (2): Civil Engineering, Part (3): Architectural Engineering, Part (4:) Basic Engineering Sciences).
April 2024
Pages 189-205