Marbella is a major tourist destination and a popular resort city in Spain because of its sunny weather throughout the year. As a consequence of that, all of our designs must be ready for climate or, in other words, be passive designs. This technique requires that homes ensure that the occupants remain thermally comfortable with minimal auxiliary heating or cooling in the climate where they are built. So on today’s post, we would like to show you what are key factors in order to keep your luxury villa fresh if you are living in a warm country like Spain.

The elements used by designers for a range of purposes are:

Orientation

This is actually the first issue that an architect should keep an eye on. The house orientation changes depending on the country latitude and longitude and also the purposes of the home rooms like a day and night area, for instance. It is also important that the rooms most used must be on the side of the house oriented towards the Sun, like the kitchen, lounge, etc. This means that the rooms you use most receive the most natural light.

Indoor vegetation

Bringing indoor plants is really effective to purify the air. In fact, several studies have been conducted showing that certain plants can rid a room of up to 89% of harmful VOCs (volatile organic compounds). Indoor vegetation is the perfect way to refresh the ambient and also is a trendy element that could decor each room of the house combining different species.

Building material

Technological advances contribute to enhance the building material performance as a temperature regulator reducing the energy waste up to 60% or water expenditure up to 90%. For instance, electrochromic glass becomes darker depending on the intensity of the light, so if the sunlight is so strong this material does not let the light to cross the glass and reach the room.

Sheets of water and pools

Roman and Arabic constructions had a strong influence over architecture. These cultures have shown to the world that water elements as fountains or sheets of water are one of the best way to refresh the environment.

Cross ventilation

Cross ventilation or wind ventilation is a natural method of cooling which relies on wind. Openings placed on opposite sides of a building will allow the cooler external air to enter the building while warmer internal air is sucked out from the leeward side as a consequence of pressure difference.

High Ceilings

They give hot air somewhere to go. Planned well, vaulted ceilings can create an escape route for rising hot air.

Inner courtyard

Inner courtyards have some pros, like it lets the light to go inside but no directly. Furthermore, it refresh all the area because of the “Venturi effect”, which consists in let the hot air escape faster from the room to outdoors.

These elements are the key factors in order to keep cold your home during the summer in warm countries.

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