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Thermal Comfort and Energy Performance of Atrium in Mediterranean Climate

Faculty of Architecture, Department of Architecture, Eastern Mediterranean University, 99628 Gazimagusa, Northern Cyprus
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Sustainability 2019, 11(4), 1213; https://doi.org/10.3390/su11041213
Received: 28 December 2018 / Revised: 15 February 2019 / Accepted: 19 February 2019 / Published: 25 February 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue The Application of Renewable Energy in Sustainable Architecture)
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Abstract

This paper aims to determine the optimal single-story office building model with a corner atrium regarding different atrium orientations and office-building window-opening ratios in the Mediterranean climate via EDSL Tas software. When window-opening ratios were 25% and 50% at the northeast and southeast orientations of atriums and office spaces, thermal comfort was achieved according to categories B and C, respectively, within the cold season. Additionally, for the northeast atrium orientation with 25%, 137.2 W and 189.5 W of heat loss and gain in the office zone, and 37.7 W and 204.7 W of heat loss and gain in the atrium zone were recorded. Moreover, for the northeast atrium orientation with 50%, 134.5 W and 134.2 W of heat loss and gain in the office zone, and 40 W and 192 W of heat loss and gain in the atrium zone were recorded. On the other hand, for the southeast atrium orientation with 25%, 108.7 W and 143 W of heat loss and gain in the office zone, and 68.8 W and 130 W of heat loss and gain in the atrium zone were recorded, while, with 50%, 111.7 W and 142.7 W of heat loss and gain in the office zone, and 67.5 W and 121.2 W of heat loss and gain in the atrium zone were recorded. In the warm season, the atrium and office spaces were not thermally comfortable. View Full-Text
Keywords: thermal comfort; energy performance; atrium; EDSL Tas; predicted mean vote (PMV); predicted percentage of dissatisfied (PPD) thermal comfort; energy performance; atrium; EDSL Tas; predicted mean vote (PMV); predicted percentage of dissatisfied (PPD)
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Aram, R.; Alibaba, H.Z. Thermal Comfort and Energy Performance of Atrium in Mediterranean Climate. Sustainability 2019, 11, 1213.

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