Urban Microclimate and Energy Performance: An Integrated Simulation Method

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Abstract

In the design practice simulation methods are already widely used to support the understanding of energy performance and to help designers in reducing energy demand during the design process. However, energy simulation tools are largely limited to the individual building level, and urban microclimate conditions and
variations in local wind, solar radiation, and air temperature patterns in which buildings express their energy performance are largely overlooked. In order to include microclimatic data in the computation of space cooling and heating consumption and enlarge the scale of analysis from single buildings to district scale, a new simulation method has been developed. The proposed coupling procedure links the microclimate software ENVI-met and the City Energy Analyst energy simulation tool and it is employed in the energy assessment of a urban re-development project in the city of Zurich, Switzerland. The results show that, considering microclimatic boundary conditions, the average hourly energy loads vary for daytime and night-time peaks and moreover a variation can be noticed in terms of total space heating and cooling consumption on the hottest and coldest day of a typical year.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPLEA 2018: Smart and Healthy Within the Two-Degree Limit
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the 34th International Conference on Passive and Low Energy Architecture; Dec 10-12, 2018 Hong Kong, China
EditorsEdward Ng, Square Fong, Chao Ren
Place of PublicationHong Kong
PublisherChinese University of Hong Kong
Pages384-389
Number of pages6
Volume1
ISBN (Print)978-962-8272-36-5
Publication statusPublished - 2018
EventPLEA 2018: 34th International Conference on Passive and Low Energy Architecture: Smart and Healthy Within the Two-Degree Limit - Hong Kong, China
Duration: 10 Dec 201812 Dec 2018

Conference

ConferencePLEA 2018: 34th International Conference on Passive and Low Energy Architecture
CountryChina
CityHong Kong
Period10/12/1812/12/18

Keywords

  • Energy demand
  • microclimate
  • integrated simulation
  • ENVI-met
  • CEA

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