Weather Data for Building Design

Project Overview

The project will review UK climate change scenarios models and run the urban microclimate model using the climate change scenarios weather data. The proposed model will be useful to predict energy consumption in buildings in the long term in order to provide guidance on mitigation and adaptation strategy for building design and operation.


Building energy simulations usually use typical year meteorological data which were recorded in the open area. However, the urban configuration including urban textures and forms, building and ground surfaces materials, densities, vegetation, etc has a great impact on urban microclimates. Therefore, simulation of energy consumption for space heating and cooling in buildings requires urban weather data. Furthermore, in order to predict energy consumption in future years, climate change impact should also be considered. Therefore we propose to integrate climate change seniors into the urban microclimate model to generate local microclimate data for building energy simulations.

Key Objectives

  • To review climate change models and identify limitations of existing climate modelling for design;
  • To identify the need of the format of weather data for building design;
  • To propose the method of development of micro-weather data for environmental system design;
  • To integrate the climate change models with the microclimate model.


The Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) UK
Chongqing University, China

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