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Evaluative application of UKCP09‐based downscaled future weather years to simulate overheating risk in typical English homes

Lamond, Jessica, Gupta, Rajat, Gregg, Matthew, Du, Hu and Williams, Katie 2013. Evaluative application of UKCP09‐based downscaled future weather years to simulate overheating risk in typical English homes. Structural Survey 31 (4) , pp. 231-252. 10.1108/SS-01-2013-0005

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Abstract

Purpose– To critically compare three future weather year (FWY) downscaling approaches, based on the 2009 UK Climate Projections, used for climate change impact and adaptation analysis in building simulation software. Design/methodology/approach– The validity of these FWYs is assessed through dynamic building simulation modelling to project future overheating risk in typical English homes in 2050s and 2080s. Findings– The modelling results show that the variation in overheating projections is far too significant to consider the tested FWY data sets equally suitable for the task. Research and practical implications– It is recommended that future research should consider harmonisation of the downscaling approaches so as to generate a unified data set of FWYs to be used for a given location and climate projection. If FWY are to be used in practice, live projects will need viable and reliable FWY on which to base their adaptation decisions. The difference between the data sets tested could potentially lead to different adaptation priorities specifically with regard to time series and adaptation phasing through the life of a building. Originality/value– The paper investigates the different results derived from FWY application to building simulation. The outcome and implications are important considerations for research and practice involved in FWY data use in building simulation intended for climate change adaptation modelling.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Architecture
Subjects: N Fine Arts > NA Architecture
Publisher: Emerald
ISSN: 0263-080X
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 07:48
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/68073

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