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It's quite easy to design a home in the tropical rainforest areas ranging in elevation from 0-500m above sea level. I understand the design elements for homes in these areas from listening to Bill Mollison and Geoff Lawton.

But what about in higher tropical rainforest in the 1,000-2,000m range? What modifications need to be made to increase nighttime warmth?

It's just as important to have airflow during the day to prevent mold and cool the home. Also bug proofing is still very important. But nighttime temps can easily drop to 5C.

I would assume the correct design would be similar to the correct design in the subtropics like in places such as Florida and Queensland, but without the extreme heat during part of the year.
 
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List the as many things that make your area different from say tropical desert vs tropical rainforest vs 'regular' rainforest. Be as specific as you can.

Personally I wouldn't build a house that is built in Florida any different from one in 'regular' rainforest.

I suppose that your house at a elevation of 1,500m will have a temp drop of 1C per 100m.
So a 15C drop, but a more realistic temp drop is just 10C from the usual 32C.
So around 70F year round and humid, great for growing coffee.

I cant think of anything that I would change from a regular tropical build.
I suppose I would add hot water for nice steamy showers, and maybe a fireplace.
A reversible mini-split heat pump (air conditioning/heater/dehumidifier)
 
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