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Ventilated skycourts to enhance energy savings in high-rise office buildings

Alnusairat, Saba and Jones, Phillip ORCID: 2019. Ventilated skycourts to enhance energy savings in high-rise office buildings. Architectural Science Review 63 (2) , pp. 175-193. 10.1080/00038628.2019.1685453

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Heating and cooling in high-rise buildings devour about one-third of overall energy consumption. Skycourts is increasingly integrated in high-rise buildings, in particular offices. Skycourts are perceived as transitional and social nodes. This paper aims to investigate potentials of a skycourt when perform as a ventilated buffer zone in offices in a temperate climate. Using a hypothetical office building in London, a coupled approach of energy simulation and CFD was carried out for two ventilation modes; air-conditioned skycourt, and alternative models that incorporate combined ventilation strategies with the adjacent offices’ zones of the skycourt. Furthermore, to determine the most critical ventilation conditions, different parameters were investigated. Overall, the results highlight that the incorporation of a ventilated skycourt potentially has a significant impact on the annual energy consumption. The optimized parameters enhance comfort temperature ranges of skycourts. Finally, the study developed guidelines to define the most effective configurations of ventilated skycourts.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Published Online
Status: Published
Schools: Architecture
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISSN: 0003-8628
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 16 December 2019
Date of Acceptance: 22 October 2019
Last Modified: 07 Nov 2023 19:02

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