Dwelling on courtyards: Exploring the energy efficiency and comfort potential of courtyards for dwellings in the Netherlands Exploring the energy efficiency and comfort potential of courtyards for dwellings in the NetherlandsMaterial type: TextLanguage: English Series: A+BE Architecture and the Built EnvironmentPublication details: 2014 TU Delft Library NetherlandsDescription: 354 pagesISBN:
- 720.103 TAL
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<p>Thesis presented for the degree of doctor at TUDelft on 3 December 2014 by the author</p>
The urban heat island (UHI) phenomenon and the dependency of buildings on fossil fuels were the two main issues that formed this dissertation. UHI results in higher air temperatures in dense urban areas compared with their suburbs and rural surroundings. This phenomenon affects human health through thermal discomfort. Furthermore, in the Netherlands, it is estimated that by 2050 the air temperature could be up to 2.3°C warmer as compared to the period of 1981-2010. Besides, the energy consumption of buildings is responsible for 30 to 45% of CO2 emissions. 31% of this consumption belongs to residential buildings. Residential buildings can play a major role in reducing the CO2 emissions caused by fossil fuel consumption.One of the passive architectural design solutions is the courtyard building form. Courtyards have been used for thousands of years in different climates in the world. In hot climates they provide shading, in humid climates they cause a stack effect helping ventilation, in cold climates they break cold winds and protect their microclimate. In temperate climates (such as of the Netherlands), the thermal behaviour of courtyards has been studied less. In this dissertation, low-rise residential courtyard buildings were therefore studied among (and along) different urban block types in the Netherlands.