Heavy monsoons, hot summers and mild winters call for resource-efficient materials and building practices appropriate called “Tropical Green Building.” When aligned with Tropical Green Building practices, structures are comfortable to live in and energy-efficient all year. Rising costs of materials and energy and a scarcity of natural resources bring these practices to the spotlight in countries like Singapore, Malaysia, India, Sri Lanka and some parts of Australia.
Currently, green building principles are guiding designers and architects across the globe, but in tropical areas, Tropical Green Building principles are specifically aimed at the unique conditions and issues of tropical regions.
Unique Focus Points Of Tropical Green Building
The goals of these principles include the following focus areas among others:
- Keeping buildings cool during the hot summers.
- Preventing infestations from mosquitoes and other insects.
- Stopping the possibility of mold.
- Reducing moisture and dampness.
- Keeping maintenance costs low.
- Improving the health and comfort of human occupants.
- Water conservation.
- Lowering lighting and air conditioning expenses.
Tropical Green Building Approaches
Architects attempt to utilize natural air circulation and keep humidity out of the buildings as much as possible. Ventilation is key in Tropical Green Building design. Site selection is obviously important and tree cover around the grounds helps improve the internal climate of the building. Tropical Green Building design often uses rainwater harvesting where permitted by law and solar panels to take advantage of the sun exposure in the tropics.
Natural lighting gets incorporated through the use of large windows, but overhangs are often utilized. Building design in tropical climates strives for the reduction of direct heat gain from solar radiation, so protected openings and walls also matter. Often designers use domed structures with high ceilings.
Roofing materials with good R-value (the measure of its resistance to heat flow) are imperative in Tropical Green Building design. This is where we come in. Endureed synthetic thatch roof systems offer the protection of good R-value. Meanwhile, the perfect ambiance can also be captured by choosing a tropical option from our Regions series. Since our environmentally-responsible roofing system is also pest-proof, water-proof and mold-proof, it satisfies other Tropical Green Building goals as well.