Effects of shelterbelt trees on reducing heating-energy consumption of office buildings in Scotland

Y. Liu, D. J. Harris

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    Abstract

    Many factors influence the energy consumption of buildings, particularly those related to their design and use. Other factors, such as orientation and the nature of the surroundings, also have an influence, but these are often ignored. In this paper, we consider the influence of trees planted as a shelterbelt, using computer simulations to model the varying energy consumption of a building with or without the shelterbelt trees. It is concluded that a reduction of up to 18% in heating energy consumption can be made by planting an optimum shelterbelt of trees in appropriate situations. © 2007 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)115-127
    Number of pages13
    JournalApplied Energy
    Volume85
    Issue number2-3
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Feb 2008

    Keywords

    • Computational simulation
    • Heating-energy consumption
    • Office buildings
    • Shelterbelt trees
    • Wind-speed reduction

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