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Day-lighting studies in buildings play a major role in indoor environmental investigation and can be conducted at the early stages of building design. Window position significantly affects day-lighting performance. This paper assessed the impacts of the window position on the visual comfort through two main factors; daylight factor and light uniformity in the hot and dry climate zone. In this study different window positions have been examined to achieve optimal visual comfort, using a dynamic simulation through Vi-suit plugin for Blender 3D software that controls the external application Radiance software. The results revealed that the window position at sill start from 1.4 m of a room characterized by (4.30 m × 3.00 m × 3.00 m) is the best compromising solution that complies with the daylight factor and light uniformity standards in the indoor environment. The findings of this study provide a more detailed and comprehensive analysis of the window design for architects/designers in the early building design stages in the hot and dry climate region.

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The building façade becomes an integral part of the concept for adaptation of the building to the climate conditions; it should be able to respond and adapt its properties and components with the immediate environment.

In the hot and dry climate in Algeria, the contemporary building design, materials, and techniques applied do not properly address the local climate conditions and the final energy consumption. Contrary to this, in traditional building practice, the local materials and passive strategies are used, which responded to the environmental context.

This study is focused on improvement of the cooling energy consumption of the contemporary buildings in Biskra City, Algeria. The traditional climatic façade solutions are investigated in order to adapt them to the contemporary buildings. To define and optimize the solutions, dynamic simulation with Vi-Suite add-on Blender 3D software was used. The results show a significant reduction in the cooling energy consumption, which confirms the use of the traditional techniques that can considerably improve the building efficiency.

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