The present study is aiming to analyse the problem of urban overheating in the City of Parramatta Local Government Area (LGA), evaluate its impact on energy, peak electricity demand and health and propose quantified mitigation policies to counterbalance the overheating problem.
The temperature of cities continues to increase because of the heat island phenomenon and the undeniable climatic change. The City of Parramatta is an overheated city. It presents almost 3-4 °C higher temperature during the summer period compared to the Eastern Suburbs. The energy consumption of buildings is considerably higher than that in the coastal zones, while the heat-related morbidity is constantly increasing during the last years. Predictions of the future, 2050, climatic conditions, has shown that the peak temperature in the City of Parramatta may increase in average close to 4 °C, following the global overheating trends of Sydney which will have a serious impact on the quality of life, economy, energy consumption and health of urban citizens.
The project deals with the optimization of the climatic and microclimatic conditions in four future precincts in the South Creek of Sydney. The future precincts are:
Multiple measurement techniques and advanced simulation techniques have been used to analyse the specific characteristics of the urban overheating in the City of Parramatta (by focusing on two of the main zones: Parramatta CBD and Epping)
Therefore, this study suggests that adaptation techniques in combination with mitigation technologies should be immediately implemented to protect the population by the expected temperature increase.
Project Leader: Scientia Prof Mattheos Santamouris
Research team: Dr Riccardo Paolini, Dr Shamila Haddad, Dr Afroditi Synnefa, Samira Garshasbi, Gertrud Hatvani-Kovacs, Dr Komali Yenneti, Jie Feng, Kai Gao.
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