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Title: Urban morphology indicators for solar energy analysis
Authors: Morganti, M
Salvati, A
Coch, H
Cecere, C
Keywords: urban form;urban morphology indicators;density;solar irradiation
Issue Date: 2017
Publisher: Elsevier
Citation: Energy Procedia, 2017, 134 pp. 807 - 814
Abstract: Within the variation of energy performance at urban scale, the relation between solar irradiation and urban form takes a central role. The solar availability on façades which is influenced by the morphology of the urban context, is strictly related to building energy performance indeed. In this paper, we aim at identifying a set of urban morphology indicators (UMIs) that show the most accurate relations with the solar availability on façades (SIy) in the Mediterranean context. The analysis that relates to 14 urban textures of Rome and Barcelona comprises seven UMIs: gross space index, floor space index, façade-to-site ratio, average building height, volume-area ratio, building aspect ratio and sky factor of building façades. The SIy in each texture has been calculated with Heliodon2 software, using normalised models; the relation between SIy and UMIs were investigated using least-square regression analysis. Results suggest that gross space index, façade-to-site ratio and sky factor show very good correlation with SIy (R2 = 0,91) and could be used to develop a comparative assessment tool of solar performance at fabric scale. This could ease the work of urban planners and architects in the early stage of design, reducing both data and time normally needed to perform solar analyses at urban scale.
Other Identifiers: C
Appears in Collections:Dept of Mechanical Aerospace and Civil Engineering Research Papers

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