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Sensitivity Analysis of Envelope Design Parameters of Industrial Buildings with Natural Ventilation

by 1,2,*, 2 and 2,3
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School of Resources Engineering, Xi’an University of Architecture and Technology, Xi’an 710055, China
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State Key Laboratory of Green Building in Western China, Xi’an University of Architecture and Technology, Xi’an 710055, China
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School of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering, Xi’an University of Architecture and Technology, Xi’an 710055, China
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Sustainability 2020, 12(24), 10288; https://doi.org/10.3390/su122410288
Received: 16 November 2020 / Revised: 4 December 2020 / Accepted: 8 December 2020 / Published: 9 December 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Sustainable Building and Sustainable Indoor Environment)
It is beneficial for designers to identify the most important design parameters of building envelopes. This study undertook sensitivity analysis integrated with EnergyPlus to assess the impacts of envelope design parameters for naturally ventilated industrial buildings. Sensitivity coefficients of six envelope design parameters for different internal heat intensities were analyzed and compared for buildings in the city of Xi’an, located in the cold climate zone of China. Our results showed that the heat transfer coefficient of the roofs had the most significant impact on indoor temperature. The weights were 32.29%, 33.71% and 30.71%, and the heat intensities were 5, 10 and 15 W/m3, respectively. The effect of the skylight-to-roof ratio was the second most sensitive. The impact of the solar absorptances of the walls and roof on the total number of hours was not sensitive. The results could be helpful for designers to efficiently form alternative design solutions in the design of new and retrofitting industrial buildings. View Full-Text
Keywords: sensitivity analysis; industrial buildings; envelope; design parameters; natural ventilation sensitivity analysis; industrial buildings; envelope; design parameters; natural ventilation
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Meng, X.; Wei, B.; Zhai, Y. Sensitivity Analysis of Envelope Design Parameters of Industrial Buildings with Natural Ventilation. Sustainability 2020, 12, 10288. https://doi.org/10.3390/su122410288

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Meng X, Wei B, Zhai Y. Sensitivity Analysis of Envelope Design Parameters of Industrial Buildings with Natural Ventilation. Sustainability. 2020; 12(24):10288. https://doi.org/10.3390/su122410288

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Meng, Xiaojing, Beibei Wei, and Yingni Zhai. 2020. "Sensitivity Analysis of Envelope Design Parameters of Industrial Buildings with Natural Ventilation" Sustainability 12, no. 24: 10288. https://doi.org/10.3390/su122410288

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