Program / Agenda

Tuesday 6th February

Wednesday 7th February

Thursday 8th February

Development of design methodologies for Wind and thermal comfort in the urban environment

Wind speed and thermal comfort conditions, especially in high-density cities, can be adversely affected by moderated local airflow field and solar radiation captured by building arrays. The air ventilation assessment (AVA) scheme currently in place in Hong Kong uses a velocity ratio (VR), defined as pedestrian level wind velocity to the higher level unobstructed wind velocity, to assess the impact of new estate developments on urban ventilation but offers little guidance to optimize the design. There is a lack of and therefore a need for feasible engineering and design solutions to address this urban heat island (UHI) problem. This workshop includes the use of the state-of-the-art wind tunnel technique to study airflows around a building block with several novel architectural features, validation and development of advanced turbulence models for numerical simulation of the airflows and wind and thermal comfort, on-site measurements of the real life urban environmental parameters for thermal comfort, and the development of adaptive human physiology based thermal comfort models.

Chair: Prof. Cheuk Ming Mak, Prof. Jianlei Niu

The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

  • Jianlei NIU and Jianlin LIU, University of Sydney and The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
  • Chung Sau Kenny KWOK, University of Western Sydney
  • Cheuk Ming MAK and his PhD students, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Technical Tours

There are a number of technical tours around the CBD to explore the different building and architecture of Melbourne. Please see some that will be available below: