Understanding Overheating in Homes The way in which our home is being used

Document Type : Original Article


College of Architecture & Planning Qassim Univeristy El Qassim, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia


We have to design our houses with the goal that we can live in consolation as the temperatures rise. Cautious consideration regarding building
design is basic to meet the difficulties of hotter summers, while lessening the amount of energy that we use. There seems, by all accounts,
to be developing proof of overheating in homes, especially for newer houses built to fulfill all the more requesting models of energy efficiency.
For some houses overheating, and related discomfort, may not be restricted to simply the hottest days of the summer.
Overheating of houses over delayed periods will have genuine consequences for the health of occupants and in extreme cases there can be a
risk to life. On the other hand, with average temperatures set to increase, and more hot spells anticipated, overheating could become more
common place in the future. Those most vulnerable to overheating, such as the elderly or sick, are more likely to be occupying their homes
during daytime, when the heat is most intense. For this reason in particular, homes are a focus for concern on overheating.
With a warming climate, cooling will inevitably become a greater priority for people. So, passive cooling measures can greatly
reduce the overheating risk for existing and new homes. Crucially, with the right investment now, passive cooling can help us avoid the
alternative scenario: the potentially large energy demand and carbon emissions associated with widespread adoption of built-in and portable air
conditioning in homes. So, this paper reviews overheating in homes and its causes. It stresses the high priority we should give to the
adaptation and future proofing of our homes in a changing climate, and the role of passive cooling measures that can help minimize carbon