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Advances in Meteorology
Volume 2015, Article ID 585623, 9 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2015/585623
Research Article

Influence of Urban Microclimate on Air-Conditioning Energy Needs and Indoor Thermal Comfort in Houses

1Ph.D. Program in Civil and Hydraulic Engineering, Feng Chia University, 100 Wenhwa Road, Taichung 407, Taiwan
2Department of Architecture, Feng Chia University, 100 Wenhwa Road, Taichung 407, Taiwan
3Department of Architecture, National United University, 1 Lienda, Miaoli 360, Taiwan

Received 24 September 2014; Revised 19 March 2015; Accepted 24 March 2015

Academic Editor: Panagiotis Nastos

Copyright © 2015 Feng-Chi Liao et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

A long-term climate measurement was implemented in the third largest city of Taiwan, for the check of accuracy of morphing approach on generating the hourly data of urban local climate. Based on observed and morphed meteorological data, building energy simulation software EnergyPlus was used to simulate the cooling energy consumption of an air-conditioned typical flat and the thermal comfort level of a naturally ventilated typical flat. The simulated results were used to quantitatively discuss the effect of urban microclimate on the energy consumption as well as thermal comfort of residential buildings. The findings of this study can serve as a reference for city planning and energy management divisions to study urban sustainability strategies in the future.