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RESEARCH ARTICLE  [Accepted]
DOI: https://doi.org/10.4491/eer.2017.010
Microclimate investigation in school buildings using advanced energy equipment: Case study
Mamdooh Alwetaishi1, Ali Alzaed1, Giulia Sonetti2, Raid Shrahily3, and Latif Jalil4
1Department of Civil Engineering, College of Engineering, Taif University, Taif 21974, Saudi Arabia
2Department of Regional & Urban Studies and Planning Politecnico di Torino and University di Torino, Turin 2410129, Italy
3School of Architecture, Design and Built Environment, Nottingham Trent University, Nottingham NG11 8NS, UK
4GSM Billing Ltd Company, Head for Research and Development, London NW4 3XA, UK
Corresponding Author: Mamdooh Alwetaishi ,Tel: +966-12-727-2020 , Fax: +966-12-727-4299, Email: Alwetaishi.mamdooh@hotmail.com
Received: January 23, 2017;  Accepted: June 27, 2017.
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ABSTRACT
Buildings are responsible of major energy consumption globally. In addition, they are linked to thermal comfort. The need to provide comfort becomes more crucial in schools as they are the place where students learn, and develop their skills. This research aims to investigate the energy responsiveness of new and traditional school building design, where major variation in form, amount of external walls and glazing are different. The research focused on indoor microclimate condition of selected schools in the city of Jeddah where the climate is hot and humid using advanced tools for monitoring. The research uses advanced energy equipment to measure several aspects such as floor temperature, roof temperature, globe temperature and other factors which can lead to predictable thermal comfort of users. The findings suggest that a larger area of glazing shielded from sunlight has a greater influence on both indoor condition and general thermal sensation. The finding also suggests that the glazing ratio is a major contributor on indoor thermal pattern which can result in an increase in temperature profile between from 7-10˚C. The findings of this research can assist in the improvement in the design of the prototype school building in hot and humid climate.
Keywords: Energy conservation in buildings | Microclimate investigation | School buildings | Thermal comfort
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