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An Overview of Climate Change and Building Energy: Performance, Responses and Uncertainties

Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering, Drexel University, 3141 Chestnut Street, Curtis 251, Philadelphia, PA 19104, USA
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Buildings 2019, 9(7), 166;
Received: 13 June 2019 / Revised: 27 June 2019 / Accepted: 4 July 2019 / Published: 8 July 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Bioclimatic Design of Buildings for the Future Conditions)
It is becoming increasingly crucial to develop methods and strategies to assess building performance under the changing climate and to yield a more sustainable and resilient design. However, the outputs of climate models have a coarse spatial and temporal resolution and cannot be used directly in building energy simulation tools. This paper reviews methods to develop fine spatial and temporal weather files that incorporate climate emissions scenarios by means of downscaling. An overview of the climate change impact on building energy performance is given, and potential adaptation and mitigation factors in response to the changing climate in the building sector are presented. Also, methods to reflect, propagate, and partition main sources of uncertainties in both weather files and buildings are summarized, and a sample approach to propagate the uncertainties is demonstrated. View Full-Text
Keywords: sustainable & resilient; weather files; responses; uncertainties sustainable & resilient; weather files; responses; uncertainties
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Yassaghi, H.; Hoque, S. An Overview of Climate Change and Building Energy: Performance, Responses and Uncertainties. Buildings 2019, 9, 166.

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