An optimized model for a thermally comfortable Dutch urban square

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Is there a model for a thermally comfortable mid-sized urban square in the Dutch climate context which offers sufficient wind protection and a good distribution of sun- and shade places? To answer this question, a ‘research by design’ process was followed. This process included the design of different alternatives of spatial configurations that were expected to generate thermal comfort in different seasons. These configurations were then tested with Envi-met® simulations on their effects for different seasons and different squares. The ‘research by design’ process showed that for the Dutch context of mid- sized urban squares the most optimal model that could be developed and tested, were sequences of ‘urban shelterbelts’. These consist of 25 m high deciduous trees and have transparent wind screens in the trunk space. The ‘urban shelterbelts’, when placed perpendicular to the dominant Southwesterly winds both protect the squares from these winds and also offer sufficient shaded situations. This optimized model can be used to address thermal comfort in urban square design, but it needs to be adjusted to each place and embedded in the integral design of a square.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPLEA 2011 Architecture & Sustainable Development Vol.1
Place of PublicationLouvain
PublisherPresses Universitaires de Louvain
Pages403-409
ISBN (Print)9782874632761
Publication statusPublished - 2011
Event27th International conference on Passive and Low Energy Architecture -
Duration: 13 Jul 201115 Jul 2011

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Conference27th International conference on Passive and Low Energy Architecture
Period13/07/1115/07/11

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Lenzholzer, S. (2011). An optimized model for a thermally comfortable Dutch urban square. In PLEA 2011 Architecture & Sustainable Development Vol.1 (pp. 403-409). Louvain: Presses Universitaires de Louvain.
Lenzholzer, S. / An optimized model for a thermally comfortable Dutch urban square. PLEA 2011 Architecture & Sustainable Development Vol.1. Louvain : Presses Universitaires de Louvain, 2011. pp. 403-409
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Lenzholzer S. An optimized model for a thermally comfortable Dutch urban square. In PLEA 2011 Architecture & Sustainable Development Vol.1. Louvain: Presses Universitaires de Louvain. 2011. p. 403-409