#20 Synthesis of "hot climates" case studies - Green Solutions Awards 2019

Construction21 is committed to presenting case studies of "exemplary" buildings, infrastructures and neighbourhoods that can inspire professionals in the sector to renovate or build sustainably. An important category of our database is "Energy and hot climates", introduced on all our platforms in 2016. Since then, projects from various tropical countries have taken part in the Green Solutions Awards in this category, notably in South Asia, Sahelian Africa but also in French overseas departments and regions. Our "Buildings" database now contains 54 "Hot Climates" case studies, with 33 case studies participating in the 2019 edition of the competition (Energy & Hot Climates). A look back at the finalist case studies from previous editions. 


*Green Solutions Awards 2018

CASA-ANFA nursery and elementary school (Morocco)

The design of the building largely meets the principles of bioclimatic design: this school located in Casablanca is a remarkable building visible by all its facades and also by its green roof.


Media library Wild South (Reunion Island)

The media library of Saint-Joseph (Reunion Island) is a passive building without air-conditioning operating by through ventilation with the addition of a vacuum chimney. Protection from solar radiation and over-insulation. Lightweight wooden facades to reduce the inertia of the walls. Water management by maximum permeability, installation of green roofs and recovery of rain waters for sanitary facilities. Case study winner France and international winner 2018


*Green Solutions Awards 2017

Teaching and Research Complex of the Guangdong Academy of Chinese Medicine (China)


The main objective of the design is to create an ecological environment, with human offices, which naturally corresponds to the urban integration design. The orientation and structure of the building envelope promotes natural ventilation and lighting performance. In addition, the open, circular, double-layer curtain wall system is used to increase the thermal and acoustic insulation properties of the building envelope and reduce energy consumption.


Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre (Dubai)


Considered the "first sustainable stand-alone building in the UAE", this new office building in Dubai was completed in 2016 as a pioneering "pilot project" for MBRSC, a government research organization. It is the first to be certified by the Passive House Institute under extreme climatic conditions in the Arab region. In addition to extreme insulation performance and energy-efficient MEP systems, a 40 kWp photovoltaic field and a 25 kWh electrical storage system supply all the building's needs.


School group of Bois d'Olives (Reunion Island)

Construction of a school group in line with a sustainable development approach. The project owner wanted the school to have a positive energy balance (that produces more energy than it consumes). Environmental design can be used pedagogically by teachers. Winning project in the "warm climate" category in 2017.





The association wanted a very functional building, but also one that was territorially anchored. The project was designed according to a bioclimatic and energy-efficient approach based on the Amazonian Environmental Quality (QEA) approach. In agreement with the users, the air-conditioned spaces were kept to a minimum and the elements of the Guyanese climate were used to create a variety of atmospheres to stimulate the children's senses. The project architecture makes extensive use of local materials with low grey energy.


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