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Bioclimatic design recommendations for novel cluster analysis-based mapping for humid climates with altitudinal gradient variations
Mejía-Parada, Cristian; Mora-Ruiz, Viviana; Attia, Shady
2024In Journal of Building Engineering, 82, p. 108262
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Keywords :
Altitudinal gradient; Bioclimatic design; Passive strategies; Clustering analysis; Thermal floors
Abstract :
[en] Proper planning of urban environments in construction projects requires an accurate understanding of the prevailing climates in an area. However, the need for sufficient climate records in the Global South countries can make this characterization difficult. This study proposes using satellite information and cluster analysis to define the climatic behavior in Colombia, specifically in areas with intertropical climates with altitudinal gradient impact. The methodology used the statistical analysis of hourly temperature and relative humidity data for recent typical meteorological year (TMY) files. These data were obtained from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). Subsequently, cluster analysis was applied to group regions with similar climatic characteristics. Standardization of the climatic variables ensured that all contributed equally to the research. The study results present an atlas with nine different climatic strategy zones, turning Colombia's climate into eight main clusters, each with specific characteristics and recommendations for the passive design of buildings. Identifying these zones made it possible to define the distribution of bioclimatic strategies in the different thermal floors of the region studied. This approach provides a framework for urban planners and city officials to develop climate-responsive building design guidelines adapted to the specific climatic conditions of each zone.
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Sustainable Building Design Lab
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Author, co-author :
Mejía-Parada, Cristian 
Mora-Ruiz, Viviana 
Attia, Shady  ;  Université de Liège - ULiège > Département ArGEnCo > Techniques de construction des bâtiments
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Title :
Bioclimatic design recommendations for novel cluster analysis-based mapping for humid climates with altitudinal gradient variations
Publication date :
01 April 2024
Journal title :
Journal of Building Engineering
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Elsevier BV
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Development Goals :
11. Sustainable cities and communities
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