Using envi-met simulation as a tool to optimize downtown phoenix's urban form for pedestrian comfort

Akram Rosheidat, Harvey Bryan, Daniel Hoffman

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Abstract

The City of Phoenix, Arizona is currently in the midst of a planning exercise to "sustainably" revise its zoning ordinances. The goal is to promote a downtown that is more "lively, inviting and comfortable". The new zoning code seeks to optimize building and street proportions, street shading, open space, air movement and building materials relative to thermal comfort and Urban Heat Island mitigation. This paper discusses the detailed simulation process to quantify, assess and optimize the urban geometry, urban block proportions, use of materials, shading, landscaping, air flow and various other strategies that would create a more thermally comfortable environment in downtown Phoenix.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAmerican Solar Energy Society - SOLAR 2008, Including Proc. of 37th ASES Annual Conf., 33rd National Passive Solar Conf., 3rd Renewable Energy Policy and Marketing Conf.
Subtitle of host publicationCatch the Clean Energy Wave
Pages5398-5432
Number of pages35
StatePublished - Dec 1 2008
EventSOLAR 2008: Catch the Clean Energy Wave, Including 37th ASES Annual Conference, 33rd National Passive Solar Conference and 3rd Renewable Energy Policy and Marketing Conference - San Diego, CA, United States
Duration: May 3 2008May 8 2008

Publication series

NameAmerican Solar Energy Society - SOLAR 2008, Including Proc. of 37th ASES Annual Conf., 33rd National Passive Solar Conf., 3rd Renewable Energy Policy and Marketing Conf.: Catch the Clean Energy Wave
Volume8

Other

OtherSOLAR 2008: Catch the Clean Energy Wave, Including 37th ASES Annual Conference, 33rd National Passive Solar Conference and 3rd Renewable Energy Policy and Marketing Conference
CountryUnited States
CitySan Diego, CA
Period5/3/085/8/08

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Rosheidat, A., Bryan, H., & Hoffman, D. (2008). Using envi-met simulation as a tool to optimize downtown phoenix's urban form for pedestrian comfort. In American Solar Energy Society - SOLAR 2008, Including Proc. of 37th ASES Annual Conf., 33rd National Passive Solar Conf., 3rd Renewable Energy Policy and Marketing Conf.: Catch the Clean Energy Wave (pp. 5398-5432). (American Solar Energy Society - SOLAR 2008, Including Proc. of 37th ASES Annual Conf., 33rd National Passive Solar Conf., 3rd Renewable Energy Policy and Marketing Conf.: Catch the Clean Energy Wave; Vol. 8).