Towards an integrated method to assess effects of lift-up design on outdoor thermal comfort in Hong Kong

Yaxing Du, Cheuk Ming Mak, Taiyang Huang, Jianlei Niu

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Lift-up design can provide comfortable microclimate in summer but the effects of lift-up design on thermal comfort in a built-up environment have not been systematically studied. This paper aims to investigate the effects of lift-up design on outdoor thermal comfort comprehensively, as well as the effects on pedestrian level wind environment. The thermal comfort assessments are carried out by using a proposed integrated method, which combines wind tunnel tests and on-site monitoring to calculate Physiologically Equivalent Temperature (PET) values. The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (HKPolyU) campus is selected as study area. The investigation mainly focuses on summer and winter seasons. Four typical days in a year were chosen to carry out on-site monitoring for obtaining environmental parameters. This study demonstrates that the proposed integrated method can be used to predict outdoor thermal comfort. Results also show that lift-up design can effectively improve pedestrian level wind environment and thermal comfort. Moreover, lift-up design can provide a comfortable microclimate in summer while not cause strong cold stress in winter. These findings provide solid evidence bases to city planners and architects of available options for creating pleasant outdoor microclimate in precinct planning.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)261-272
Number of pages12
JournalBuilding and Environment
Publication statusPublished - 15 Nov 2017


  • Integrated method
  • Lift-up design
  • On-site monitoring
  • Thermal comfort
  • Wind tunnel test

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Engineering
  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Building and Construction


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