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Salameh, Muna and Touqan, Basim From Heritage to Sustainability: The Future of the Past in the Hot Arid Climate of the UAE. Special Issue Research on Vernacular Architecture, 13 (2).

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settingsOrder Article Reprints Open AccessArticle From Heritage to Sustainability: The Future of the Past in the Hot Arid Climate of the UAE by Muna Salameh 1,*ORCID andBasim Touqan 2ORCID 1 Department of Architecture, College of Architecture, Art and Design, Ajman University, Ajman P.O. Box 4184, United Arab Emirates 2 Department of Electromechanical Engineering, College of Engineering and IT, The British University in Dubai, Dubai P.O. Box 345015, United Arab Emirates * Author to whom correspondence should be addressed. Buildings 2023, 13(2), 418; Received: 3 December 2022 / Revised: 6 January 2023 / Accepted: 13 January 2023 / Published: 2 February 2023 (This article belongs to the Special Issue Research on Vernacular Architecture) Download Browse Figures Versions Notes Abstract Achieving future energy objectives and promoting social, economic, and environmental sustainability can be inspired by heritage and historic structures, which make up a sizeable component of the existing building industry. Heritage architecture and urban sites are known for their capability of positive interaction with the climate to provide better thermal conditions, beside their capability of strengthening cultural identity and improving the economic sector for the related sites. Thus, the main purpose of this research is to highlight the positive sustainable effects (social, economic and environmental) for a proposal of conserving and reconstructing a vernacular heritage architecture site in the hot arid climate in the UAE. The research used a qualitative methodology based on multicriteria descriptive schemes beside ENVI-met software. The research’s findings presented the capability of the conserved heritage area to strengthen the social and cultural identity and improve the economic sector. Moreover, the results demonstrated that the conserved heritage district had a better microclimate and predicted mean vote for outdoor thermal comfort compared to the basic case heritage district prior to rehabilitation and another modern district. The conclusion promotes heritage conservation in hot arid climates and encourages the preservation of vernacular architecture and traditional sites to achieve the sustainable goals for creating sustainable cities that can mitigate climate change.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: heritage; vernacular architecture; sustainability; traditional district; rehabilitation; UAE; ENVI-Met; identity; economic sustainability; environmental sustainability
Subjects: English > Climate Change Adaptation
Depositing User: Susanna Carlsten
Date Deposited: 09 Feb 2023 06:53
Last Modified: 09 Feb 2023 06:53

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