Microclimatic Landscape Design: Creating Thermal Comfort and Energy Efficiency

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Creating Thermal Comfort and Energy Efficiency

Microclimatic Landscape Design shows designers how to work withnature to create climatically pleasant spaces for human activities.With remarkable clarity, it covers both the scientific backgroundand the design techniques needed for shaping spaces that increasecomfort and reduce energy consumption. This comprehensive,environmentally-sensitive guide:

  • Presents the basic principles of microclimatology and explainshow objects in the landscape affect climate to createmicroclimates
  • Describes methods for modifying the key variables in amicroclimate, including radiation, wind, temperature, humidity, andprecipitation
  • Shows how to create successful, comfortable spaces under a widevariety of climatic conditions
  • Explains energy budgets and the effects of landscape on energyuse in buildings
  • Includes useful formulas for determining human thermal comfort,estimating solar radiation absorbed by a person, and estimatingwind in a given landscape

For landscape architects, architects, contractors, and planners,Microclimatic Landscape Design is a concise, practical, andindispensable guide to improving the comfort of outdoor spaces andreducing the heating or cooling loads on buildings.

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About the author (1995)

ROBERT D. BROWN is Associate Professor and Coordinator of Graduate Studies in the School of Landscape Architecture, University of Guelph, Canada, where he also received his MLA and PhD in micrometeorology. Dr. Brown maintains active teaching and research programs and is a frequent contributor to the professional literature.

TERRY J. GILLESPIE is Professor in the Department of Land Resource Science at the University of Guelph, where he also received his PhD in meteorology. Dr. Gillespie has received numerous teaching awards, including the prestigious John Bell Award, and was recognized as Canadian Professor of the Year.

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