Improving Thermal Comfort through Vertical Greeneries in Transitional Spaces for the Tropical Climate: A Review
This paper reviews the potential of transitional space in building for improving thermal comfort by using Vertical Greeneries System (VGS). Transitional space could be defined as a space that is indirectly occupied, located in between the interior and exterior environment. This place acts as both buffer spaces as well as the circulatory routes. In reality, transitional space is commonly used for communal area in public building and utilised for domestic purposes in residential building, such as in balcony. Based on this issue, balcony could be optimised for replacing the greeneries on the ground level since the development of infrastructure in the urban areas has significantly reducing the quantity of green spaces. To overcome this issue, integrating vertical greeneries in building is a promising solution although there space is limited. In order to maximise the VGS performance, multi-layer plant canopy concept could be introduced. It is believed that multi-layer plant canopy could improve the thermal quality instead of using single layer plant canopy.
Keywords- Transitional space, Thermal comfort, Vertical Greeneries, Multi-layer plant canopy