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dc.contributor.authorSalvati, Agnese
dc.contributor.authorCoch Roura, Helena
dc.contributor.authorCecere, Carlo
dc.contributor.otherUniversitat Politècnica de Catalunya. Departament de Tecnologia de l'Arquitectura
dc.identifier.citationSalvati, A., Coch, H., Cecere, C. Assessing the urban heat island and its energy impact on residential buildings in Mediterranean climate: Barcelona case study. "Energy and buildings", 14 Abril 2017, núm. 146, p. 38-54.
dc.description.abstractThe Urban Heat Island (UHI) effect is particularly concerning in Mediterranean zone, as climate changeand UHI scenarios foresee a fast growth of energy consumption for next years, due to the widespread ofair conditioning systems and the increase of cooling demand. The UHI intensity is thus a key variable forthe prediction of energy needs in urban areas.This study investigates the intensity of UHI in Barcelona (Spain), the densest Mediterranean coastalcity, and its impact on cooling demand of residential buildings.The experimental analysis is based on temperature data from rural and urban Weather Stations andfield measurements at street level. The maximum average UHI intensity is found to be 2.8¿C in winterand 1.7¿C in summer, reaching 4.3¿C at street level. Simulations performed with EnergyPlus indicatethat the UHI intensity increases the sensible cooling load of residential buildings by around 18%–28%,depending on UHI intensity, amount of solar gains and cooling set point.In the light of the results, the UHI intensity in Mediterranean context should be properly consideredin performing energy evaluations for urban contexts, since standard meteorological data from airportweather stations are not found to be accurate enough.
dc.format.extent17 p.
dc.rightsAttribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Spain
dc.subjectÀrees temàtiques de la UPC::Urbanisme::Impacte ambiental
dc.subjectÀrees temàtiques de la UPC::Energies::Eficiència energètica
dc.subject.lcshMediterranian Region -- Climatology
dc.subject.lcshUrban heat island -- Spain -- Barcelona
dc.subject.lcshEnergy consumption -- Spain -- Barcelona
dc.subject.lcshUrban climatology -- Spain -- Barcelona
dc.subject.otherUrban heat island
dc.subject.otherCooling demand
dc.subject.otherMediterranean climate
dc.subject.otherEnergy modelling
dc.subject.otherUrban climate
dc.subject.otherEnergy consumption
dc.subject.otherClimate data
dc.subject.otherWeather file
dc.titleAssessing the urban heat island and its energy impact on residential buildings in Mediterranean climate: Barcelona case study
dc.subject.lemacMediterrània, Regió -- Clima
dc.subject.lemacIlla de calor urbana -- Catalunya-- Barcelona
dc.subject.lemacEnergia -- Consum -- Catalunya -- Barcelona
dc.subject.lemacClimatologia urbana -- Catalunya -- Barcelona
dc.contributor.groupUniversitat Politècnica de Catalunya. AIEM - Arquitectura, energia i medi ambient
dc.rights.accessOpen Access
dc.description.versionPostprint (author's final draft)
local.citation.authorSalvati, A.; Coch, H.; Cecere, C.
local.citation.publicationNameEnergy and buildings

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