Sustainable design of terraced houses in Cardiff


  • Karin Ernst University of Twente


Global warming is no longer a threat, it has become a reality with significant effects on our communities, our health and our climate. Maintaining comfort in our homes will lead to a higher energy consumption for in-house cooling systems to counteract higher inside temperatures. Unfortunately, different ad-hoc cooling technologies will lead to higher CO2 emissions. This research examines sustainable methods for commonly built residential houses in Cardiff. The building fabric is changed and the simulations indicate that the decrease of Window-to-Wall Ratio is the most effective, followed by a better insulation of building surfaces and adapting shadow devices.


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