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Investigating spatial configurations of skycourts as buffer zones in high-rise office buildings

Alnusairat, Saba, Hou, Shan and Jones, Phillip 2017. Investigating spatial configurations of skycourts as buffer zones in high-rise office buildings. Presented at: The 5th eCAADe Regional International Symposium 2017, Cardiff, 26-28 April 2017. The Virtual and the Physical: between the representation of space and the making of space. Proceedings of the 5th eCAADe Regional International Symposium. Wales, United Kingdom: eCAADe Education and Research in Computer Aided Architectural Design in Europe, and the Welsh School of Architecture, Cardiff University, pp. 83-92.

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Abstract

Skycourts are attracting widespread interest in the contemporary construction of high-rise commercial buildings. Due to their remarkable function as public realms and transitional nodes, those spaces could introduce alternatives to the vernacular courtyards/atriums in high-rise buildings. This paper outlines the methodology that was adopted to examine the performance of basic spatial configurations of skycourt in high-rise office buildings in a temperate climate. Significantly, these areas accomplished as buffer zones that are non-ventilated and unheated while accommodating combined ventilation strategy. The study is processed via coupled simulation between a building energy simulation (BES) and a computational fluid dynamic (CFD). The developed coupling approach aims to improve the prediction for skycourt performance that is essential for the assessment of thermal comfort conditions and energy consumption. Results to nominate the optimum spatial configuration of skycourt along the vertical section of the high-rise office buildings are discussed briefly. However, the focus is on the methodology.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Architecture
Subjects: N Fine Arts > NA Architecture
Uncontrolled Keywords: Skycourt, Spatial Configuration, Coupling Simulation, Thermal Comfort, Energy Efficiency
Publisher: eCAADe Education and Research in Computer Aided Architectural Design in Europe, and the Welsh School of Architecture, Cardiff University
ISBN: 9781899895267
Funders: Al-Ahliyya Amman University, Jordan
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 14 September 2017
Date of Acceptance: 2 February 2017
Last Modified: 27 Nov 2018 20:32
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/100941

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