SUSTAINABLE URBAN PLANNING IN RESPONSE TO CLIMATE CHANGE
UrbaWind is a sustainable urban planning tool that qualifies winds in urban areas. It helps urban designers to promote wind circulation in the urban landscape. This way, the effects of heat islands in the summer season can be limited.
Adapting cities to future climate change
One of the goals of sustainable urban planning is to combat the formation of urban heat islands in summer. It is now recognized that these phenomena are likely to increase with global warming. Meteodyn has therefore developed digital tools and software chains. Meteodyn has further detailed this subject for Construction 21.
To optimise wind at the neighborhood scale and to overcome climatic constraints, Meteodyn has developed UrbaWind, a bioclimatic and environmental design assistance software.
Thanks to this software, you can :
- Model the wind in an urban environment, taking into account the impact of buildings and vegetation on it,
- Identify poorly irrigated areas likely to generate heat islands,
- Testing different solutions for cooling and sustainable development of the built environment.
Natural ventilation: a must for tomorrow's buildings
During the heat wave of summer 2018, the news channel LCI produced a report on solutions to keep housing cool during the summer months.
During the interview, Guillaume Caniot, our urban climatology expert, was able to highlight the need to efficiently orient buildings and promote the irrigation of dwellings.
The principle of night cooling is based on an optimization of the opening modes according to external conditions (wind, temperature). In order to ventilate naturally, this orientation must be done according to the direction and strength of the prevailing winds.
The "Natural ventilation" module of UrbaWind allows to qualify the potential of natural ventilation by calculating the air renewal rates according to the seasons and times of the day.
Even for the most complex urban fabrics, this tool gives the designer the keys to better optimize its layout, dimension the openings and reduce discomfort in hot periods. Enough to ensure the well-being of residents...
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