Strategies for Using Passive Solar Energy in Construction of Eco-Lodge in Xerothermic Climate Villages (Case Study of Dehsalm Village)

Document Type : Original Article


1 Assistant Professor, Tourism Research Center of RICHT Tehran/Iran

2 Post graduate of Architecture and Energy,Manager of Design department in Alavi eginering service company ,Tehran/Iran


One of the challenges faces the world is climate change, due to greenhouse gas emissions. The requirement for preventing this change is development of the renewable energy usage. Among the types of renewable energy, solar energy is considered by many countries around the world, due to its high capacity and availability throughout the year. Regarding the human's long-standing efforts to provide the best temperature for the environment and to save the resources, he has to plan strategies for applying the solar energy, including passive solar systems. Passive solar systems apply the building elements as solutions to use solar energy. Since most of the energy consumed in the building sector is spent on providing thermal comfort, the passive solar systems significantly help to reduce energy consumption; therefore, their usage can be considered an efficient strategy in the process of sustainable development, especially in less developed and rural areas.
Many economic planners believe that to realize this form of development, it is necessary to concentrate on the rural tourism infrastructure. Basically, villages are the place for tourists' accommodation and receiving services, i.e. Eco-lodge. Tourism can accelerate this development through the use of solar energy.
Applying the renewable energy efficiently in in rural areas, Eco-lodge and generally in the tourism industry is of great importance because of limiting the industry's share in environmental problems, helping to reduce the cost of operating ecotourism resorts, making the business economically attractive, and paving the way for sustainable development.