Analysis of heat transfer and thermal environment in a rural residential building for addressing energy poverty

Zhu, Yiyun, Fan, Xiaona, Wang, Changjiang and Sang, Guochen (2018) Analysis of heat transfer and thermal environment in a rural residential building for addressing energy poverty. Applied Sciences, 8 (11). 2077 1 -13. ISSN 2076-3417

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Abstract

Reducing energy consumption and creating a comfortable thermal indoor environment in rural residential buildings can play a key role in fighting global warming in China. As a result of economic development, rural residents are building new houses and modernizing existing buildings. This paper investigated and analyzed a typical rural residential building in the Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region in Northwest China through field measurements and numerical simulation. The results showed that making full use of solar energy resources is an important way to improve the indoor temperature. Reasonable building layout and good thermal performance of the building envelope can reduce wind velocities and convective heat loss. Insulation materials and double-glazed windows should be used to reduce energy loss in new buildings, although it is an evolution process in creating thermally efficient buildings in rural China. This research provides a reference for the design and construction of rural residential buildings in Northwest China and similar areas for addressing energy poverty.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Engineering and Informatics > Engineering and Design
Research Centres and Groups: Dynamics, Control and Vehicle Research Group
Subjects: T Technology > TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)
Depositing User: Chang Wang
Date Deposited: 01 Nov 2018 11:53
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2019 14:03
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/79821

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