An investigation of building physical properties selection to combat global warming

Guan, Lisa, Yang, Jay, & Bell, John (2005) An investigation of building physical properties selection to combat global warming. In Wu, C., Wu, Y., Fisher, N., Feng, C., & Zheng, J. (Eds.) Proceedings of CRIOCM 2005 International Research Symposium on Advancement of Construction Management and Real Estate, Chinese Research Institute of Construction Management, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China.


Global warming can have a significant impact on building energy performance and indoor thermal environment, as well as the health and productivity of people living and working inside them. Through the building simulation technique, this paper investigates the adaptation potential of different selections of building physical properties to increased outdoor temperature in Australia. It is found that overall, an office building with lower insulation level, smaller window to wall ratio and/or a glass type with lower shading coefficient, and lower internal load density will have the effect of lowering building cooling load and total energy use, and therefore have a better potential to adapt to the warming external climate. Compared with clear glass, it is shown that the use of reflective glass for the sample building with WWR being 0.5 reduces the building cooling load by more than 12%. A lower internal load can also have a significant impact on the reduction of building cooling load, as well as the building energy use. Through the comparison of results between current and future weather scenarios, it is found that the patterns found in the current weather scenario also exist in the future weather scenarios, but to a smaller extent.

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ID Code: 49443
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Global warming, building physical properties, building thermal behaviour
ISBN: 9623674910
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Chemistry, Physics & Mechanical Engineering
Current > Schools > School of Civil Engineering & Built Environment
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Deposited On: 20 Feb 2015 06:52
Last Modified: 22 Feb 2015 23:29

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