A large proportion of electricity in the UAE is consumed in meeting air conditioning cooling demands in buildings where, up to 80% of a buildings total electricity demand is for cooling. With projected climate changes in the UAE predicting an increase in annual mean temperature of 2.8⁰C and minimal reductions in relative humidity and global solar radiation by 2050, cooling energy demands are set to increase. This paper reports on a study of how the climatic drivers of cooling energy demand change under a ‘business-as-usual’ scenario of climate change. A typical UAE office building is simulated under generated annual hourly weather datasets of 2020, 2050 and 2080. The results show an increase in cooling demand of 22.2% by 2050 and 40.0% by 2080. The comparative effect of climate changes on a number of heat gain sources and paths are examined and discussed to identify the most effective solutions for improving resilience.
|Publication status||Published - 10 Dec 2013|
|Event||SB13 Dubai: Advancing the Green Agenda Technology, Practices and Policies - Knowledge Village, Dubai, United Arab Emirates|
Duration: 8 Dec 2013 → 10 Dec 2013
|Conference||SB13 Dubai: Advancing the Green Agenda Technology, Practices and Policies|
|Country||United Arab Emirates|
|Period||8/12/13 → 10/12/13|
Shanks, K., & Nezamifar, E. (2013). Impacts of climate change on building cooling demands in the UAE. Paper presented at SB13 Dubai: Advancing the Green Agenda Technology, Practices and Policies, Dubai, United Arab Emirates.