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Climate resilient and sustainable architectural engineering

Thursday, February 14, 2019
1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Physics & Astronomy Building (PAB)
Room: 100

Department of Physics and Astronomy


Dr. Girma T. Bitsuamlak

Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering
Western University

“Climate resilient and sustainable architectural engineering”


Sustainable and climate-resilient building design requires realistic modelling of urban microclimate interaction with building at various scales (component → building → neighbourhood → city). This includes both (i) normally recurring microclimate conditions driven by thermal variations and/or normal wind for building thermal and energy performance design, and (ii) extreme climate conditions such as hurricane landfall, tornado touchdown or extreme winter for capacity and safety design. Alan Davenport’s “wind-loading-chain” links the modelling of extreme wind, exposure, aerodynamics, and dynamics to particular design criteria. Its expansion to (i) non-synoptic winds such as tornadoes and downbursts; (ii) micro-climatic loads such as thermal loads, (iii) optimal building aerodynamic solutions; and (iv) community level wind performance assessment will be presented, through representative research projects from each category. The roles of computational fluid dynamics and Artificial Intelligence (enabled by SHARCNet) complimenting the physical experiments (enabled by the Boundary Layer Wind Tunnel Laboratory and WindEEE Dome) in realizing climate-resilient and sustainable architectural engineering will be emphasized.

STUDENTS – after the talk, you’re encouraged to return to the 2nd floor Atrium lounge to meet with the speaker.
COFFEE – coffee and cookies will be available in the 2nd floor Atrium lounge at 1:15 p.m.
CELL PHONES – as a courtesy to the speaker and audience, please set your cellphones to “silent” mode. Thanks!
Prof. P. Barmby
Jodi Guthrie - Assistant to the Chair
519-661-2111 ext. 86438
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