The Urban Heat Island (UHI) effect is a well-documented phenomenon, in which the air-temperature in an urban area is elevated relative to the regional air-temperature due to the trapping of radiation by cities at night and anthropogenic heating during the day. Architects and engineers who design buildings in urban areas typically lack the tools to include the UHI effect in their analysis. For buildings that are climatically sensitive or aim to be net-zero energy, lacking adequate microclimatic design analysis tools constitutes uncertainty. Innovation in architecture is to provide guidance to design teams on both the potential magnitude of annual energy use prediction errors introduced by ignoring urban microclimatic effects, and potential reduction of such errors via the use of microclimatic models.
SPAIN LAB BLOG
This is the SpainLab blog. Here you can find all the updated and most recent post about the activities and events of the SpainLab. In this section you will find information from: 1. The seven architects that will represent Spain in the Spanish Pavillion at the Biennale di Architettura di Venezia 2012, 2. The Scientific Committee, in the form of interviews and short critic texts 3. Spanish innovators that will be posting their innovative project to be digitally represented in Venice. 4. Young innovators from several schools around the globe that will share their innovation findings in this blog.