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Distribution profiles of key weather variables in Australian capital cities : implications for energy efficient building design

Guan, Li-Shan (2008) Distribution profiles of key weather variables in Australian capital cities : implications for energy efficient building design. Architectural Science Review, 51(4), pp. 338-348.

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Abstract

Local climate is a critical element in the design of energy efficient buildings. In this paper, ten years of historical weather data in Australia's eight capital cities were profiled and analysed to characterize the variations of climatic variables in Australia. The method of descriptive statistics was employed. Either the pattern of cumulative distribution and/or the profile of percentage distribution are presented. It was found that although weather variables vary with different locations, there is often a good, nearly linear relation between a weather variable and its cumulative percentage for the majority of middle part of the cumulative curves. By comparing the slopes of these distribution profiles, it may be possible to determine the relative range of changes of the particular weather variables for a given city. The implications of these distribution profiles of key weather variables on energy efficient building design are also discussed.

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ID Code: 31878
Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: Climatic data; , Energy efficient buildings; , Weather
DOI: 10.3763/asre.2008.5138
ISSN: 00038628
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > BUILDING (120200)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > ARCHITECTURE (120100) > Architectural Design (120101)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering
Past > Schools > School of Engineering Systems
Copyright Owner: EarthScan
Deposited On: 20 Apr 2010 17:02
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 23:47

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