Title

An Assessment To Evaluate Potential Passive Cooling Patterns For Climate Change Adaptation In A Residential Neighbourhood Of A Mediterranean Coastal City (Athens, Greece)

Document Type

Article

Source of Publication

International Journal Of Global Warming

Publication Date

1-1-2018

Abstract

This study investigates the potential for passive cooling patterns inside the urban fabric in the Mediterranean climate city of Athens (Greece), especially with regard to quantify air temperature reduction and thermal comfort amelioration at the neighbourhood scale. Using both field measurements and an urban microclimate simulation model, we assessed cooling and warming patterns in various sites of an Athens residential neighbourhood. Results show that, under Mediterranean climate conditions, urban design elements such as wooded courtyards and appropriately oriented urban design elements such as galleries have a considerable cooling effect and can be used as cool places inside the neighbourhood for occupants' comfort amelioration and also as passive cooling tools for buildings to reduce summer energy consumption. They may then function as passive design strategies to adapt the urban site form to different climate change scenarios.

ISSN

1758-2083

Publisher

Inderscience Publishers

Volume

16

Issue

2

First Page

181

Last Page

208

Disciplines

Environmental Sciences

Keywords

urban microclimate, urban heat island, heat mitigation, vegetation, trees and shade, shading strategies, passive design strategies, sustainable urban design, courtyard, outdoor thermal environment, Greece

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no

Open Access

no

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