MSc MADE Thesis AMS Institute - Including Microclimatic Weather Data in Residential Energy Demand Modeling

MADE Student Project

With the increase of global temperatures and the urban heat island effect, differences in climate between urban and rural regions are increasing. Building energy simulations (BES) are simulations of the use of energy in different weather conditions, to help them design efficient buildings. However, BES do not take these differences in climate into account. Although studies have coupled CFD simulations of building climate variables to BES models, they have not been applied to a case study of row houses in the Netherlands. Furthermore, current coupling methods only take spatial variations in climate over the building envelope into account through an averaging over the entire building. This study creates a methodology to integrate the microclimatic effects of a heatwave event for a case study of row houses in the village of Rijsenhout.

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