Energy use, indoor temperature and possible adaptation strategies for air-conditioned office buildings in face of global warming

Guan, Lisa (2012) Energy use, indoor temperature and possible adaptation strategies for air-conditioned office buildings in face of global warming. Building and Environment, 55, pp. 8-9.

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Abstract

This paper discusses and summarises a recent systematic study on the implication of global warming on air conditioned office buildings in Australia. Four areas are covered, including analysis of historical weather data, generation of future weather data for the impact study of global warming, projection of building performance under various global warming scenarios, and evaluation of various adaptation strategies under 2070 high global warming conditions. Overall, it is found that depending on the assumed future climate scenarios and the location considered, the increase of total building energy use for the sample Australian office building may range from 0.4 to 15.1%. When the increase of annual average outdoor temperature exceeds 2 °C, the risk of overheating will increase significantly. However, the potential overheating problem could be completely eliminated if internal load density is significantly reduced.

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ID Code: 49324
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Building performance, Office buildings, Global warming, Building simulation
DOI: 10.1016/j.buildenv.2011.11.013
ISSN: 0360-1323
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ENGINEERING (090000) > MECHANICAL ENGINEERING (091300)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Chemistry, Physics & Mechanical Engineering
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2011 Pergamon.
Deposited On: 23 Mar 2012 02:09
Last Modified: 24 Jul 2013 06:22

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