Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.buildenv.2009.08.005
Title: Thermal evaluation of vertical greenery systems for building walls
Authors: Wong, N.H. 
Kwang Tan, A.Y.
Chen, Y. 
Sekar, K.
Tan, P.Y.
Chan, D.
Chiang, K.
Wong, N.C.
Keywords: Ambient temperature
Surface temperature
Thermal environments
Vertical greenery systems
Issue Date: 2010
Source: Wong, N.H., Kwang Tan, A.Y., Chen, Y., Sekar, K., Tan, P.Y., Chan, D., Chiang, K., Wong, N.C. (2010). Thermal evaluation of vertical greenery systems for building walls. Building and Environment 45 (3) : 663-672. ScholarBank@NUS Repository. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.buildenv.2009.08.005
Abstract: This research involves the study of 8 different vertical greenery systems (VGSs) installed in HortPark to evaluate the thermal impacts on the performance of buildings and their immediate environment based on the surface and ambient temperatures. VGSs 3 and 4 have the best cooling efficiency according to the maximum temperature reduction of the wall and substrate surfaces. These results point to the potential thermal benefits of vertical greenery systems in reducing the surface temperature of buildings facades in the tropical climate, leading to a reduction in the cooling load and energy cost. In terms of the lowest diurnal range of average wall surface temperature fluctuation, VGSs 4 and 1 show the highest capacities. No vertical greenery system performs well in term of the diurnal range of average substrate temperature fluctuation. By limiting the diurnal fluctuation of wall surface temperatures, the lifespan of building facades is prolonged, slowing down wear and tear as well as savings in maintenance cost and the replacement of façade parts. The effects of vertical greenery systems on ambient temperature are found to depend on specific vertical greenery systems. VGS 2 has hardly any effect on the ambient temperature while the effects of VGS 4 are felt as far as 0.60 m away. Given the preponderance of wall facades in the built environment, the use of vertical greenery systems to cool the ambient temperature in building canyons is promising. Furthermore, air intakes of air-conditioning at a cooler ambient temperature translate into saving in energy cooling load. © 2009 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Source Title: Building and Environment
URI: http://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/45879
ISSN: 03601323
DOI: 10.1016/j.buildenv.2009.08.005
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