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Chatzipoulka, C and Nikolopoulou, M (2018) Urban geometry, SVF and insolation of open spaces: London and Paris. Building Research & Information, 46(08), 881–98.

Futcher, J, Mills, G and Emmanuel, R (2018) Interdependent energy relationships between buildings at the street scale. Building Research & Information, 46(08), 829–44.

Godoy-Shimizu, D, Steadman, P, Hamilton, I, Donn, M, Evans, S, Moreno, G and Shayesteh, H (2018) Energy use and height in office buildings. Building Research & Information, 46(08), 845–63.

Leo, L S, Buccolieri, R and Di Sabatino, S (2018) Scale-adaptive morphometric analysis for urban air quality and ventilation applications. Building Research & Information, 46(08), 931–51.

Palme, M, Inostroza, L and Salvati, A (2018) Technomass and cooling demand in South America: a superlinear relationship?. Building Research & Information, 46(08), 864–80.

  • Type: Journal Article
  • Keywords: building performance simulation; cooling loads; density; energy demand; microclimates; technomass: urban climate; urban design; urban fabric; urban form; urban heat island;
  • ISBN/ISSN: 0961-3218
  • URL: https://doi.org/10.1080/09613218.2018.1483868
  • Abstract:
    The impact of the increasing technomass (TM) on cooling demand in buildings is explored for cities in South America. The entangled double nature of the building–environment interrelation in an urban context is analyzed. The research question is whether an increase in the building density produces a superlinear increase of energy consumption at the urban scale. Advanced spatially explicit quantitative methods are used to select representative samples of the urban environment and to quantify the volumes of TM in four South American cities. Principal component analysis is used to extract representative urban tissue categories. The Urban Weather Generator tool is used to produce the urban weather data used in building performance simulations. The results confirm the superlinear dependence of the total cooling consumption of each sample in relation to the existing TM in areas with high-rise buildings due to the combined primary and secondary effects, namely, the increase of the total energy needs and the increase of air temperature due to the urban heat island effect. The great significance of the second-order effect poses challenges to current assessments performed on the basis of consumption per m2. The use of the TM indicator can promote the development of climate-sensible urban planning.

Short, C A, Song, J, Mottet, L, Chen, S, Wu, J and Ge, J (2018) Challenges in the low-carbon adaptation of China’s apartment towers. Building Research & Information, 46(08), 899–930.

Song, J, Fan, S, Lin, W, Mottet, L, Woodward, H, Davies Wykes, M, Arcucci, R, Xiao, D, Debay, J, ApSimon, H, Aristodemou, E, Birch, D, Carpentieri, M, Fang, F, Herzog, M, Hunt, G R, Jones, R L, Pain, C, Pavlidis, D, Robins, A G, Short, C A and Linden, P F (2018) Natural ventilation in cities: the implications of fluid mechanics. Building Research & Information, 46(08), 809–28.