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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