Urban heat island and its impact on building energy consumption

Rajagopalan, Priyadarsini 2009, Urban heat island and its impact on building energy consumption, Advances in building energy research, vol. 3, pp. 261-270.

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Title Urban heat island and its impact on building energy consumption
Author(s) Rajagopalan, Priyadarsini
Journal name Advances in building energy research
Volume number 3
Start page 261
End page 270
Total pages 10
Publisher Earthscan
Place of publication London, England
Publication date 2009
ISSN 1751-2549
Keyword(s) urban heat island
temperature
energy
cool surfaces
vegetation
Summary Urban areas tend to have higher air temperatures than their surroundings as a result of man-made aiterations. This phenomenon is known as the urban heat island (UHI) effect. UHI is considered to he one of the major problems encountered by the human race this century. Solar radiation that is absorbed during the day by buildings is re~emitted after sunset creating high temperatures in urban areas. Also, anthropogenic heat sources such as air conditioners and road traffic add to the rise in temperatures, A number of
studies have indicated that UHI has a significant effect on the energy use of buildings. In mid- and low-latitude cities, heat islands contribute to urban dwellers' summer discomfort and significantly higher air-conditioning loads. This chapter summarizes and reviews the latest research methodologies and findings about the effect of increased temperatures on the energy consumption of buildings. The latest developments in the heat island mitigation strategies are remarkable, However, more attention needs to be
given to the implementation and testing of these strategies in full-scale buildings.
Language eng
Field of Research 120104 Architectural Science and Technology (incl Acoustics, Lighting, Structure and Ecologically Sustainable Design)
Socio Economic Objective 970112 Expanding Knowledge in Built Environment and Design
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
HERDC collection year 2009
Copyright notice ©2009, Taylor & Francis
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30018459

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Architecture and Built Environment
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