Application of "Cool Canopy" for outdoor thermal comfort

Harvey Bryan, Rashmi Sonal, Shivani Shah

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Abstract

The microclimate in outdoor urban spaces has direct implications on the comfort of the people using them. By appropriate design of outdoor spaces, the surface temperatures of various surfaces can be lowered which in turn would modify the microclimate and usage of such spaces. Past research have shown that integrating the process of evapotranspiration into canopy structures (Cool Canopy) lowers the surface temperatures by 20°F, in comparison to conventional canopies [1]. Thus shading a space with a "Cool Canopy" would allow as little heat as possible to radiate down, thereby acting as an effective shading device. Further modification of the space can be achieved by vegetation and proper design of the built elements. Our study concentrates on assessing the effect of vegetation and "Cool Canopy" on the microclimate modification of outdoor spaces in hot dry climates. Results from the study would help evaluate the applicability of such canopy structures in providing thermal comfort in outdoor spaces like bus stops, courtyards and pedestrian ways in such climates.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAmerican Solar Energy Society - Solar 2006: 35th ASES Annual Conf., 31st ASES National Passive Solar Conf., 1st ASES Policy and Marketing Conf., ASME Solar Energy Division Int. Solar Energy Conference
Pages724-728
Number of pages5
Volume2
Publication statusPublished - 2006
EventSolar 2006: Renewable Energy - Key to Climate Recovery, Including 35th ASES Annual Conference, 31st ASES National Passive Solar Conference, 1st ASES Policy and Marketing Conference and ASME Solar Energy Division International Solar Energy Conference - Denver, CO, United States
Duration: Jul 9 2006Jul 13 2006

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OtherSolar 2006: Renewable Energy - Key to Climate Recovery, Including 35th ASES Annual Conference, 31st ASES National Passive Solar Conference, 1st ASES Policy and Marketing Conference and ASME Solar Energy Division International Solar Energy Conference
CountryUnited States
CityDenver, CO
Period7/9/067/13/06

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  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment

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Bryan, H., Sonal, R., & Shah, S. (2006). Application of "Cool Canopy" for outdoor thermal comfort. In American Solar Energy Society - Solar 2006: 35th ASES Annual Conf., 31st ASES National Passive Solar Conf., 1st ASES Policy and Marketing Conf., ASME Solar Energy Division Int. Solar Energy Conference (Vol. 2, pp. 724-728)