Urban physics simulation for climate change adaptation of buildings and urban areas

Bert Blocken, T. van Hooff, Y. Toparlar, C.B. Gromke, Hamid Montazeri, Wendy Janssen

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This chapter discusses the simulation of urban thermal microclimate with a focus on heat waves in urban areas, the simulation of overheating of buildings and the effects of adaptation measures to limit temperatures in buildings and urban areas during heat waves. The spatial scales are the meteorological microscale (neighborhood scale) and the building scale; the methods are computational fluid dynamics and building energy simulation. Adaptation measures investigated at the neighborhood scale are avenue trees, green facades and green roofs; adaptation measures at the building scale are increased thermal resistance, increased thermal mass, increased short-wave reflectivity of facades and roofs, peak ventilation, vegetated roofs and exterior solar shading.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBuilding performance simulation for design and operation
Subtitle of host publicationExpanded Second Edition
EditorsJ.L.M. Hensen, R. Lamberts
Place of PublicationAbingdon
PublisherRoutledge Taylor & Francis Group
Number of pages43
EditionExpanded 2nd
ISBN (Electronic)978-0-429-40299-6
ISBN (Print)978-1-138-39219-9
Publication statusPublished - 2019


  • Building energy simulation
  • Climate change
  • Climate change adaptation
  • Computational fluid dynamics
  • Heat waves
  • Urban heat island effect
  • Urban physics
  • Vegetation


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