Effects of building lift-up design on pedestrian gust wind environment

Qian Xia, Xiaoping Niu, Jianlei Niu, Kenny C S Kwok

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Buildings with a lift-up design may have a number of impacts on the pedestrian-level gust wind and thermal environment. Based upon the earlier wind tunnel tests that identified some building configurations that resulted in the lowest wind speed zones, a 3.5 meter-tall open ground floor was added to each of the three configurations, and scale models of the three designs were studied in a wind tunnel to assess their influences on airflow and ventilation around the buildings. Undesirable thermal discomfort due to strong wind conditions is identified in the results, and their practical implications are discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIndoor Air 2014 - 13th International Conference on Indoor Air Quality and Climate
PublisherInternational Society of Indoor Air Quality and Climate
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2014
Event13th International Conference on Indoor Air Quality and Climate, Indoor Air 2014 - Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Duration: 7 Jul 201412 Jul 2014


Conference13th International Conference on Indoor Air Quality and Climate, Indoor Air 2014
Country/TerritoryHong Kong
CityHong Kong


  • Lift-up design
  • Pedestrian-level gust wind environment
  • Thermal discomfort

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pollution
  • Building and Construction
  • Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis
  • Computer Science Applications

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