Tropical Urban Heat Islands: Climate, Buildings and Greenery

Tropical Urban Heat Islands: Climate, Buildings and Greenery

by Nyuk Hien Wong, Yu Chen
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Tropical Urban Heat Islands: Climate, Buildings and Greenery by Nyuk Hien Wong, Yu Chen

Conventional air conditioning is not a sustainable solution to the challenge of a hot or humid climate. The climate problem is compounded in so-called Urban Heat Islands, urban areas where the air can be 3–5°C hotter than its surrounding areas and where pollution levels are consequently raised.

Including a colour section with thermal images and maps, this book explores the complex relationships between climate, buildings and plants, especially in urban heat islands. These relationships bear very critically on a range of environmental issues and point to some corresponding solutions. One chapter highlights some of the extensive research work carried out in Singapore, especially investigating the thermal benefits of greenery in buildings in the urban setting.

Though several books have been written on urban heat islands, this work uniquely examines the linkages between climate, buildings and plants. It forms a reference for researchers and professionals such as architects, architectural science, landscape architects, building services engineers, urban planners and urban climatologists. It may also be useful for final year undergraduates or graduate students in these disciplines.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781134221097
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 08/29/2008
Series: Spon Research
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 272
File size: 13 MB
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About the Author

Nyuk Hien Wong is Associate Professor and Programme Director of the Master of Science (Building Science) programme in the Department of Building at the National University of Singapore.

Yu Chen is a graduate student in the Department of Building at the National University of Singapore.

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