An Approach to Enhance the Use of Soft Landscape Principle’s to Save Energy in Housing Projects in Saudi Arabian Cities


The purpose of this paper is to encourage the application of landscape principles as an approach to save energy in housing projects in Saudi Arabian cities. The ultimate goal is to increase the decision makers’ awareness and appreciation of the importance of soft landscape principles to reduce energy consumption. Many concepts and guidelines are presented as well as a comparative studies between some advanced cities such Japan, Hong Kong USA, and Australia, whose findings would assist environmental designers to enhance the microclimate in and around residential schemes. However, short notes on some desert landscape principles will be briefly mentioned due to their importance in overall urban fabric of the city components. That is to say, this paper will addresses importance of landscaping as "a cost-effective", and yet an eye-pleasing ways to lower energy bills. And that can be achieved through utilizations of planting trees, shrubs, vines, grasses, and hedges, as well as the use of some native plants and hard landscape elements .

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Talal Hammadi, Umm Al-Qura University, Saudi Arabia

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Conference: ACSS2013
Stream: Social Sciences

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