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Energies 2015, 8(10), 10942-10957; doi:10.3390/en81010942

Wind Tunnel Studies of a Pedestrian-Level Wind Environment in a Street Canyon between a High-Rise Building with a Podium and Low-Level Attached Houses

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Department of Architecture, National Cheng Kung University, No. 1, University Road, Tainan 701, Taiwan
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Architecture and Building Research Institute, Ministry of the Interior, No. 200, Sec. 3, Beisin Rd., Sindian District, New Taipei 23143, Taiwan
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Department of Civil Engineering, National Cheng Kung University, No. 1, University Road, Tainan 701, Taiwan
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Academic Editor: Nyuk Hien Wong
Received: 3 July 2015 / Revised: 19 September 2015 / Accepted: 21 September 2015 / Published: 29 September 2015
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Energy Efficient Building Design)
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The pedestrian-level wind environment quality in street canyons formed by high-rise buildings and other low-level buildings could be affected by multiple factors, such as the height and geometry of the surrounding buildings, street width, wind direction, and wind speed. This study conducted wind tunnel experiments to determine the characteristics of the pedestrian-level wind environment in street canyons under different conditions, including different street widths, podium heights, and approaching wind directions. The experimental results revealed that the effects of the street canyon width on the pedestrian-level wind in a street canyon can be categorized into three different flow regimes. A higher podium creates stronger wind speeds of the flow within the street canyon, and different approaching wind directions change the high-wind-speed zone within the street canyon accordingly. View Full-Text
Keywords: pedestrian-level wind; street canyon; high-rise building; podium; wind tunnel pedestrian-level wind; street canyon; high-rise building; podium; wind tunnel
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Kuo, C.-Y.; Tzeng, C.-T.; Ho, M.-C.; Lai, C.-M. Wind Tunnel Studies of a Pedestrian-Level Wind Environment in a Street Canyon between a High-Rise Building with a Podium and Low-Level Attached Houses. Energies 2015, 8, 10942-10957.

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