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Evaluative application of UKCP09based downscaled future weather years to simulate overheating risk in typical English homes

Gupta, Rajat; Gregg, Matthew; du, hu; Williams, Katie

Authors

Rajat Gupta

Matthew Gregg

hu du

Katie Williams Katie4.Williams@uwe.ac.uk
Professor and Research Centre Director



Abstract

To critically compare three future weather year (FWY) downscaling approaches, based on the 2009 UK Climate Projections, used for climate change impact and adaptation analysis in building simulation software. The validity of these FWYs is assessed through dynamic building simulation modelling to project future overheating risk in typical English homes in 2050s and 2080s. The modelling results show that the variation in overheating projections is far too significant to consider the tested FWY data sets equally suitable for the task. It is recommended that future research should consider harmonisation of the downscaling approaches so as to generate a unified data set of FWYs to be used for a given location and climate projection. If FWY are to be used in practice, live projects will need viable and reliable FWY on which to base their adaptation decisions. The difference between the data sets tested could potentially lead to different adaptation priorities specifically with regard to time series and adaptation phasing through the life of a building. The paper investigates the different results derived from FWY application to building simulation. The outcome and implications are important considerations for research and practice involved in FWY data use in building simulation intended for climate change adaptation modelling. © 2013, Emerald Group Publishing Limited

Citation

Gupta, R., Gregg, M., du, H., & Williams, K. (2013). Evaluative application of UKCP09based downscaled future weather years to simulate overheating risk in typical English homes. Structural Survey, 31(4), 231-252. https://doi.org/10.1108/SS-01-2013-0005

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Aug 23, 2013
Journal Structural Survey
Print ISSN 0263-080X
Electronic ISSN 1758-6844
Publisher Emerald
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 31
Issue 4
Pages 231-252
DOI https://doi.org/10.1108/SS-01-2013-0005
Keywords UKCP09, time series adjustment, domestic overheating, future weather year data, design summer year, weather generator, simulation, climate change
Public URL https://uwe-repository.worktribe.com/output/938386
Publisher URL http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/ss-01-2013-0005