Bioclimatic Design in Warm Countries

Bioclimatic Design in Warm Countries (in 2 seminars)

Green Buildings & Sustainable Neighborhoods

Maya Karkour

Maya Karkour is an Environmental Consultant and the Managing Director of EcoConsulting which she co-founded in 2003 in the UK, and established herself in Beirut, Lebanon in 2008. EcoConsulting offers, amongst other services, sustainability advice to the construction sector, including BREEAM and LEED certifications, energy-efficiency advice, dynamic thermal modeling, and eco-building guidance. Maya oversees or has directly worked on numerous projects aiming at reducing their environmental footprint –including the eco-renovation of Casa Batroun, the first project in the Middle-East to achieve the British BREEAM “Excellent” certificate in February 2014. Maya is currently the President of the Lebanon Mountain Trail Association, and is heading its environmental Education Committee. She is also actively involved in different NGOs focusing on environmental awareness and activities, has been a keynote speaker at various sustainability conferences, conducts eco-building and circular economy seminars on a regular basis. Maya holds an MSc (hons) in Environment from the London School of Economics and Political Science and is a LEED Accredited Professional, a BREEAM Licensed Assessor, a Low Carbon Energy Assessor, and holds certificates in the Circular Economy and Permaculture.

Seminar Content


This seminar covers both theoretical concepts and practical applications on how to adopt bioclimatic design principles from the onset a project. Bioclimatic architecture refers to the design of buildings & spaces taking into account their close relationship with the local climate: making use of solar energy, wind, and other environmental sources to help achieve optimal thermal performance and indoor comfort. It deals with design and archi­tec­tural ele­ments, avoid­ing com­plete depen­dence on mechan­i­cal sys­tems, which are regarded as sup­port. A good example of this is using nat­ural ven­ti­la­tion or mixed mode ven­ti­la­tion. 

Bioclimatic design principles will be reviewed for the main building elements, both for dry and humid hot climates. Additionally, an overview of natural ventilation, mixed-mode ventilation and other different passive ventilation techniques such as wind towers, solar chimneys, and the Canadian/Provençal well will be given. Insulation, air tightness, heat island effect reduction, natural daylighting, glazing, shading devices, and green roofs will also be quickly covered throughout the two parts of this seminar.

July 23, 2021 - July 28, 2021
11:00 am - 01:00 pm


2 Units GB




Green Buildings & Sustainable Neighborhoods


Green Buildings & Sustainable Neighborhoods

Sustainable Development Goals

Sustainable Cities & Communities
Affordable & Clean Energy
Responsible Consumption & Production
Good Health & Wellbeing

Who is it for?

Suitable for all levels, architects, engineers, developers, or any other construction professional or student.

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