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Title: Evaluation of pedestrian wind comfort near lift-up' buildings with different aspect ratios and central core modifications
Authors: Zhang, XL
Tse, KT
Weerasuriya, AU
Li, SW
Kwok, KCS
Mak, CM 
Niu, JL 
Lin, Z
Keywords: Lift-up building
Building dimension
Corner modification
Pedestrian wind comfort
Wind tunnel test
Issue Date: 2017
Publisher: Pergamon Press
Source: Building and environment, 2017, v. 124, p. 245-257 How to cite?
Journal: Building and environment 
Abstract: Owing to the void space at lower heights, lift-up buildings have high building permeability at ground level and subsequently improve the air circulation in congested urban areas. Despite this advantage, the lift-up design has been sparsely adopted for buildings in urban areas partly because of the lack of understanding of the combined effects of building dimensions and lift-up design on the surrounding pedestrian level wind (PLW) field. Therefore, this study aims to investigate the influence of lift-up buildings with different aspect ratios (height/width) on the surrounding PLW field and pedestrian wind comfort level. Five lift-up buildings with aspect ratios 4:1 to 0.5:1 were tested in a boundary layer wind tunnel and results were compared with those of five buildings with similar dimensions but without lift-up design. The results reveal a strong dependence of the maximum wind speed in lift-up areas with building height, which results subsequently a small area of acceptable wind conditions near tall and slender lift-up buildings. Lift-up designs adopted for short and wide buildings produce larger areas of pedestrian wind comfort. The central cores modified with corner modifications are effective in increasing the pedestrian wind comfort in the lift-up area of tall and slender buildings.
ISSN: 0360-1323
EISSN: 1873-684X
DOI: 10.1016/j.buildenv.2017.08.012
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