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Exploring the impact of landscape design on building energy performance

Published onJan 13, 2020
Exploring the impact of landscape design on building energy performance

Thermal Delight explores the impact of landscape design on building energy performance. Aiming to integrate microclimate considerations with urban landscape typologies for energy and water regeneration, this research strives to connect the many facets of the urban arena to energy savings. Considering different urban typologies, densities, and climates, Thermal Delight is making steps towards linking ‘natural infrastructure’ to building efficiency. This research has moved forward by developing a design matrix that can be applied to four selected urban density scenarios in three climate related cities. By using EPW files, assigning materiality and pinpointing nodes within Diva, this study aims to relate landscape interventions to surface radiation and natural ventilation techniques.


Ulrike Passe, Associate Professor of Architecture and Director, Center for Building Energy Research
Iowa State University

Miriam Engler, Professor
Department of Landscape Architecture
Iowa State University

This event is supported by the National Science Foundation, Award #1929601. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.

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