Energy Research, Vol. 1, Issue 1, Dec  2017, Pages 13-21; DOI: 10.31058/ 10.31058/

Energy Conservation Techniques for Residential Building in Arid Climate Regions

Energy Research, Vol. 1, Issue 1, Dec  2017, Pages 13-21.

DOI: 10.31058/

Ashraf Balabel 1* , Mamdooh Alwetaishi 2

1 Mechanical Engineering Department, Faculty of Engineering, Taif University, Taif, Saudi Arabia

2 Civil Engineering Department, Faculty of Engineering, Taif University, Taif, Saudi Arabia

Received: 25 December 2017; Accepted: 8 January 2018; Published: 13 January 2018

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According to the vision of Saudi Arabia 2030, more attention has been given for the application of renewable energy in addition to the optimization of energy consumption in standing residential and industrial buildings. It is well known that, residential buildings account for more than 60% of the total electricity consumption in Saudi Arabia due to cooling and heating loads. Most of research carried out aiming to improve building which is designed from the first stage. However, the dominant amount of energy is consumed by the exciting buildings which are built without guide for energy efficiency. The present paper provides different suggestions for standing buildings in hot and dry climate cities in order to be much efficient buildings through minimising their energy consumptions. A typical residential building’s model in the city of Riyadh is simulated numerically to reduce the total energy consumption for heating and cooling loads using different strategies of energy saving. The numerical results are obtained using one of the most powerful energy simulations (TAS EDSL) which is used globally to predict energy efficiency in buildings. In general, the results obtained showed that the size of glazing system is the most important parameter which can be modified in the exciting buildings to become much efficient energy buildings.


Energy Saving Techniques, Numerical Prediction, Residential Buildings, Thermal Analyses, Hot and Dry Climate Cities


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