Climate change and indoor temperature variation in Venetian buildings: The role of density and urban form

D. Maiullari, B. Gherri, C. Finizza, M. Maretto, E. Naboni

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Although the influence of urban form on microclimate and building thermal processes has been acknowledged, few studies have addressed the influence of overheating mechanisms on heterogeneous urban fabrics for existing historical cities. This study investigates the impact of changing urban climate on indoor temperatures by focusing on three Venice morphological patterns. Through microclimate modelling techniques, outdoor and indoor temperatures are simulated in 2020 and 2050 scenarios. Results show that the compactness of the urban fabric contributes to reducing indoor building temperatures. The analysis suggests that the increased density of shadow areas can mitigate the outdoor temperature values and reduce direct radiation on façades. When comparing the two climate scenarios 2020 and 2050, average indoor temperatures increase in the latter. However, the analysis highlights that the absence of insulation and the relatively high thermal mass of typical Venetian envelopes plays a crucial role in the building thermal processes preserving indoor comfort in a warmer climate future.

Original languageEnglish
Article number012060
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Physics: Conference Series
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2021
Event2021 International Hybrid Conference on Carbon Neutral Cities - Energy Efficiency and Renewables in the Digital Era, CISBAT 2021 - Lausanne, Virtual, Switzerland
Duration: 8 Sept 202110 Sept 2021


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