Development of a typical meteorological year based on dry bulb temperature and dew point for passive cooling applications

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Bioclimatic charts are used in assessing the effectiveness and selection of the passive cooling. These charts are based on the typical dry bulb temperature and humidity extracted from the typical meteorological years (TMY) at a given location. TMYs are usually developed for general use and in many situations, they are unavailable due to the lack of some of the weather parameters, especially solar radiation. Dry bulb temperature and dew point measurements are of the most commonly available parameters. This paper presents the development of a typical year based on dry bulb temperature and dew point only from a readily available database. Such an approach will make developing bioclimatic charts more accessible and also more accurate. TMYs, based on dry bulb and dew point temperature, were developed for 12 locations and bioclimatic charts were developed and compared to charts based on common TMYs.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)61-74
Number of pages14
JournalEnergy for Sustainable Development
Publication statusPublished - Aug 1 2016



  • Bioclimatic chart
  • Passive cooling
  • TMY

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law

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