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Validating the performance of a Double Skin Facade in winter in an hot arid climate

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Neveen Hamza, Dr Zi Qian



Due to climate change and the nature of internal load dominated office buildings in hot arid areas, reduction of cooling loads even in winter is in need of further research. Double skin facades are emerging in the Middle East as an architectural concept to deal with direct solar radiation as a shading system, as an acoustic barrier and an aesthetic option for refurbishment without interrupting building operation. This research looks at the impact of a double skin façade on cavity temperatures, surface temperatures and its impact on reducing reliance on HVAC systems to provide indoor comfort. The simulation model was constructed based on a real building and results are compared for a peak winter month between measured and simulated data, indicating energy savings up to 5% equating to 12 MWh/ month in winter. This in an ongoing research project and further peak summer monitoring is due this year.Keywords: Double Skin Facades DSF, energy consumption, façade retrofits and indoor comfort

Publication metadata

Author(s): Hamza N, Qian Z

Editor(s): La Roche,P;Schiler,M

Publication type: Conference Proceedings (inc. Abstract)

Publication status: Published

Conference Name: Passsive and Low Energy Architecture (PLEA2016): Cities, Buildings, People: Towards Regenerative Environments

Year of Conference: 2016

Pages: 983-989

Online publication date: 11/07/2016

Acceptance date: 28/05/2016

Date deposited: 27/06/2016


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ISBN: 9781365293542