Housing and microclimate: improving liveability in Adelaide

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    Rouhollahi, Mina
    Pazandeh Masouleh, Zahra
    2016 Conference Papers
    Architectural Science and Building Design
    Conference Papers


Integrating urban climate knowledge into building design and urban planning practice have been proven to be the best effective approach in mitigating Urban Heat Island (UHI) and unexpected hot days. Climate-conscious design needs to be implemented in structural and environmental development of any city components to improve microclimate and human wellbeing. This paper addresses a review of recent literature about the impacts of urban geometry and ground surface materials on microclimate and urban heat islands. The method adopted for this research is a review of scientific literature on both experimental and simulation studies about effective heat mitigation strategies at pedestrian level and canopy layer. Strategies for mitigating UHI need to be integrated into a holistic approach to an urban context. This paper also reviews the housing land consumption, contribution and allocation of residential open space in Adelaide from 1836. This research clearly indicates that there is a need for more research into residential open space performance in an urban environment and its potential benefits work towards mitigating adverse effects of urban heat islands. It concludes that all these promising heat mitigation strategies can be applicable to neighbourhood areas and houses landscape in Adelaide by considering the current situation of residential density.


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