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Enhancing energy performance and comfort of built environment in tropical climates

Gooroochurn, Mahendra and Giridharan, R. (2021) Enhancing energy performance and comfort of built environment in tropical climates. In: Palme, Massimo and Salvati, Agnese, eds. Urban Microclimate Modelling for Comfort and Energy Studies. Springer, London, UK, pp. 137-161. ISBN 978-3-030-65420-7. E-ISBN 978-3-030-65421-4. (doi:10.1007/978-3-030-65421-4_7) (Access to this publication is currently restricted. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided) (KAR id:91364)

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Abstract

A lack of scientific basis for the conception and development of urban environments has been evidenced in tropical climates. The lack of urban morphology and climate data needed for carrying out the analyses has been a major barrier for researching into context specific urban and building elements, including building energy systems, for achieving adequate indoor environmental conditions at low energy consumption. The result has been air-conditioned buildings with poor energy performance, unconditioned spaces unsuitable for human comfort and an increasing trend for installation of active cooling systems in offices and homes, all expected to escalate with climate change. Therefore, there is pressing need to come up with scientific findings to address the urban climate issues in tropical countries. This chapter presents the main research findings reported in literature related to (a) understanding the factors influencing energy performance and thermal comfort in tropical climates, and (b) practical realisation of measures in the built environment, with reported outcomes. These findings are used to devise a roadmap for bettering energy performance and comfort in buildings in tropical contexts, while identifying research gaps.

Item Type: Book section
DOI/Identification number: 10.1007/978-3-030-65421-4_7
Uncontrolled keywords: Tropical climate, Urban fabric, Design variables, Thermal comfort, Energy efficiency, Passive building design
Subjects: T Technology > T Technology (General)
T Technology > TH Building construction
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Arts and Humanities > Kent School of Architecture and Planning
Depositing User: Giridharan Renganathan
Date Deposited: 07 Nov 2021 20:18 UTC
Last Modified: 07 Nov 2021 20:51 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/91364 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Giridharan, R.: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-8627-5616
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