The challenge is set in various sectors - including the built environment sector - to respond to climate change, for example, by making use of passive building design strategies. The CSIR created a new Köppen-Geiger map to quantify the current South African climatic conditions using temperature and precipitation data from1985 to 2005. Algorithms described by Kottek (2006) were used to compile the map on a 1 km x 1 km grid. The Köppen-Geiger map is now available online on the StepSA website for free use as part of a series of climate indicator maps.
For an interactive view of the indicator click here
The Köppen-Geiger classifications consider five primary categories as follows:
The classifications system further considers six secondary categories as follows:
Thirteen distinct climate zones appear in South Africa when mapped according to Köppen-Geiger.
These climatic zones can be associated with a selection of passive design responses, which could be effectively deployed in those zones.
- CSIR Climate Map - Aridity
- CSIR Climate Map - Precipitation
- CSIR Climate Map - Heating degree day
- CSIR Climate Map - Cooling degree day
- CSIR Climate Map - Energy demand map
- Conradie, D.C.U. 2013. Appropriate Passive Design Approaches for the Various Climatic Regions in South Africa. In The Green Building Handbook, the Essential Guide, Vol. 5, 101-117.
- Conradie, D.C.U. 2012. Designing for South African Climate and Weather. In The Green Building Handbook, the Essential Guide, Vol. 4, 181-195.
For more information contact:
Dr Dirk Conradie,