internal temperature with respect to orientation may be negligible. In such
cases, ventilation has a greater effect on the internal conditions and
orientation with respect to winds should take precedence.
Elevated Buildings. Buildings elevated on columns or lateral walls
can have an increased ventilative potential of up to 30 percent over that of
buildings on grade. Wind velocity increases with increasing height above the
ground; elevating the building raises it to an area of greater free wind
Elevated buildings also allow for inlets in the floor of the
structure which can permit cool, shaded air to enter the building from below.
This design is common in hot, humid climates where floors are elevated to
reduce structural rot. When situated next to water, elevated buildings can