Climate classification and passive solar design implications in China

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2006-2015
Journal / PublicationEnergy Conversion and Management
Volume48
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2007

Abstract

China's climate differs greatly in various regions, ranging from severe cold to hot and arid to humid. This has significant influences on energy efficient building design strategies and energy use. Solar radiation data from 123 measuring stations were used to propose a map indicating the solar radiation climates in China. A cluster analysis was adopted to identify the prevailing solar climates using the monthly average daily clearness index, Kt, as climatic variable. Five major solar climates were identified with annual average Kt ranging from 0.3 in the Sichuan Basin to 0.65 in the north and northwest regions. The solar climates were compared with the more widely used general (thermal) climates (severe cold, cold, hot summer and cold winter, mild and hot summer and warm winter) and the major topography (basin, plain and plateau), and implications for building designs were briefly discussed. © 2007 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Research Area(s)

  • China, Clearness index, Climates, Cluster analysis, Passive solar design

Citation Format(s)

Climate classification and passive solar design implications in China. / Lau, Chris C.S.; Lam, Joseph C.; Yang, Liu.
In: Energy Conversion and Management, Vol. 48, No. 7, 07.2007, p. 2006-2015.

Research output: Journal Publications and ReviewsRGC 21 - Publication in refereed journalpeer-review