Publications in Scientific Journals:

A. Mahdavi, K. Orehounig:
"An Inquiry Into The Thermal, Acoustical, And Visual Aspects Of Indoor Environment In Traditional HammĀms";
archnet - IJAR - International Journal of Architectural Research, Volume 2 / Issue 3 (2008), 3; 14 pages.

English abstract:
In the present paper, the authors focus on the indoor
environmental performance of traditional Islamic
hammām (bath) buildings. In the course of a longterm
monitoring effort within the framework of an EU
funded project (HAMMAM, 2008), data on indoor
environmental (thermal) conditions and outdoor
microclimatic conditions in the immediate vicinity
of fi ve traditional hammāms located in Egypt,
Turkey, Morocco, Syria, and Algeria was collected.
Moreover, short-term visual (lighting) and acoustical
measurements were performed in a number of
these buildings. The monitoring results provide the
opportunity for an objective assessment of the actual
performance of these buildings and evaluation of their
strengths and weaknesses. In addition to evaluation
and interpretation of indoor environmental conditions,
the authors also used the monitored data to calibrate
digital performance simulation models of the objects
studied. These calibrated models of the hammāms
can be applied to predict the consequences of
alternative options for their renovation, restoration,
reuse, and adaptation.

Traditional architecture; hammāms; indoor climate; diagnostics; simulation.

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