A new variable for climate change study and implications for the built environment

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)916-919
Journal / PublicationRenewable Energy
Volume34
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2009

Abstract

This short technical note presents an attempt to develop a new climatic variable Z for assessing climate change (global warming) with respect to the built environment. Principal component analysis of long-term (30-year) dry-bulb temperature (DBT), wet-bulb temperature and global solar radiation data was conducted in the 5 major climate zones in China. It was found that while the long-term trend was increasing for the DBT in all 5 major climates, hot summer and warm winter climate zone showed a decreasing trend (though slightly) in the annual and seasonal average Z values. This suggests that climate change might not necessarily result in higher cooling loads in buildings. © 2008 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Research Area(s)

  • China, Climate change, Climate zones, Principal component analysis, Solar radiation, Temperature

Citation Format(s)

A new variable for climate change study and implications for the built environment. / Wan, Kevin K.W.; Cheung, K. L.; Yang, Liu; Lam, Joseph C.

In: Renewable Energy, Vol. 34, No. 3, 03.2009, p. 916-919.

Research output: Journal Publications and Reviews (RGC: 21, 22, 62)21_Publication in refereed journalpeer-review