Integration of evapotranspiration into canopy structures for outdoor thermal comfort

Harvey Bryan, Khanin Hutanuwatr, Shivani Shah, Rashmi Sonal

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2 Scopus citations

Abstract

Providing thermal comfort outdoors in a hot dry climate has been a topic of much research. Conventional shading structures often are not appropriately designed for arid climates and thus they get hot and radiate heat. Such a high temperature on a large radiative plane six to eight feet above a user creates significant thermal discomfort. On the other hand, a well designed shading structure would allow as little heat as possible to radiate down, thereby acting as an effective shading device. Current application strategies like the use of misters for outdoor cooling, though effective, consume large amounts of water, which can be scarce in arid regions. Alternatively, strategies like evapotranspiration can modify the microclimate, improve thermal comfort and lower water usage. Our study concentrates on evaluating new shading strategies by integrating the process of evapotranspiration into canopy structures which may help improve the microclimate of outdoor spaces such as bus stations and walkways.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication22nd International Conference, PLEA 2005
Subtitle of host publicationPassive and Low Energy Architecture - Environmental Sustainability: The Challenge of Awareness in Developing Societies, Proceedings
Pages773-776
Number of pages4
StatePublished - Dec 1 2005
Event22nd International Conference on Passive and Low Energy Architecture, PLEA 2005 - Beirut, Lebanon
Duration: Nov 13 2005Nov 16 2005

Publication series

Name22nd International Conference, PLEA 2005: Passive and Low Energy Architecture - Environmental Sustainability: The Challenge of Awareness in Developing Societies, Proceedings
Volume2

Other

Other22nd International Conference on Passive and Low Energy Architecture, PLEA 2005
CountryLebanon
CityBeirut
Period11/13/0511/16/05

Keywords

  • Comfort
  • Outdoor
  • Shading

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment

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    Bryan, H., Hutanuwatr, K., Shah, S., & Sonal, R. (2005). Integration of evapotranspiration into canopy structures for outdoor thermal comfort. In 22nd International Conference, PLEA 2005: Passive and Low Energy Architecture - Environmental Sustainability: The Challenge of Awareness in Developing Societies, Proceedings (pp. 773-776). (22nd International Conference, PLEA 2005: Passive and Low Energy Architecture - Environmental Sustainability: The Challenge of Awareness in Developing Societies, Proceedings; Vol. 2).