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Effect of slope angle on energy performance of ground-integrated buildings on slope terrain

De Castro, M.; Gadi, Mohamed

Authors

M. De Castro

Mohamed Gadi mohamed.gadi@nottingham.ac.uk



Abstract

The noticeable rise in urban development and topography factors across Europe has resulted in a visible increase in the number of residential buildings being constructed in hillside areas. Several studies about ground-integrated architecture have proved that buildings can benefit from ground thermal potential, in order to reduce or eliminate the heating and cooling needs. However, only a small number of published articles tackle the potential of ground-integrated buildings on sloped terrains. The purpose of this paper is to explore the ground thermal potential of sloped terrains in temperate climates, through parametric studies using EnergyPlus as the energy modelling software. This paper looks at two main questions: firstly, how buildings are affected by terrain inclination and, secondly, which types of slope building designs are more thermally efficient, particularly the case of spilt level, amended section and cascade or step-hill designs.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Mar 3, 2017
Journal International Journal of Sustainable Development and Planning
Print ISSN 1743-7601
Electronic ISSN 1743-761X
Publisher WIT Press
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 12
Issue 2
APA6 Citation De Castro, M., & Gadi, M. (2017). Effect of slope angle on energy performance of ground-integrated buildings on slope terrain. International Journal of Sustainable Development and Planning, 12(2), https://doi.org/10.2495/SDP-V12-N2-283-293
DOI https://doi.org/10.2495/SDP-V12-N2-283-293
Keywords energy saving potential, energy-efficiency, energyplus, ground thermal simulation, slopebuilding designs, slope-integrated architecture, temperate climate
Publisher URL https://www.witpress.com/elibrary/sdp-volumes/12/2/1463
Copyright Statement Copyright information regarding this work can be found at the following address: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0
Additional Information © 2017 WIT Press.

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