Indoor thermal comfort in urban courtyard block dwellings in the Netherlands

Taleghani, M ORCID:, Tenpierik, M and van den Dobbelsteen, A 2014, 'Indoor thermal comfort in urban courtyard block dwellings in the Netherlands' , Building and Environment, 82 (Dec 14) , pp. 566-579.

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Global warming and elevated temperatures in the Netherlands will increase the energy demand for cooling. Studying passive strategies to cope with the consequences of climate change is inevitable. This paper investigates the thermal performance of courtyard dwellings in the Netherlands. The effects of different orientations and elongations, cool roofs and pavements on indoor thermal comfort are studied through simulations and field measurements. The results show that North-South and East-West orientations provide the least and most comfortable indoor environments. Regarding materials, the use of green on roofs and as courtyard pavement is the most effective heat mitigation strategy. It was observed that the effects of wet cool roofs are much higher than of dry roofs. Cool roofs did not show a specific negative effect (heat loss) as compared to conventional asphalt roofs in winter. Some simulation results were validated through field measurement with a 0.91°C root mean square deviation.

Item Type: Article
Schools: Schools > School of the Built Environment > Centre for Urban Processes, Resilient Infrastructures & Sustainable Environments
Journal or Publication Title: Building and Environment
Publisher: Elsevier
ISSN: 0360-1323
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Depositing User: M Taleghani
Date Deposited: 14 Jan 2019 15:56
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2022 00:33

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