Throughout my research here in Granada, much of our time takes place in the school of architecture at the University of Granada. This school is a perfect example of how to incorporate great features that help conserve energy. Such as the feature shown in the image below. The windows they have in place contain a small opening in order to allow cool winds to come through during the winter months without having to open up the whole space to the external environment. These openings even allow for ventilation and air flow throughout the summer months.
Many places around Granada and even the school is not fully enclosed and equipped with A/C. They try to use smart features such as the windows in order to adjust the indoor temperature without using electricity. However, because some summer days will be quite hot, they do have A/C throughout certain rooms. Though the heat in Granada can be intense at times, their air is dry. Thus they do not face as many problems as we do in Florida with the high humidity. So when students are studying inside the classroom and have vents open to allow circulation, the room tends to stay quite cool.
The images below show other parts of the architectural school. They have an open design and use natural materials in order to block the sun and provide shade for the hallways of the building. It was very interesting to walk around and see features in this modern building that resembles the 14th century architecture I’m studying. The building features passive ventilation (no energy required to create ventilation in the building) and wide hallways in order to prevent direct heat from hitting the building. Studying at this University has widely helped my research in seeing how the 14th Century architecture can be used in modern ways in order to conserve energy.