Resilient cooling strategies – A critical review and qualitative assessment
Journal article, 2021

The global effects of climate change will increase the frequency and intensity of extreme events such as heatwaves and power outages, which have consequences for buildings and their cooling systems. Buildings and their cooling systems should be designed and operated to be resilient under such events to protect occupants from potentially dangerous indoor thermal conditions. This study performed a critical review on the state-of-the-art of cooling strategies, with special attention to their performance under heatwaves and power outages. We proposed a definition of resilient cooling and described four criteria for resilience—absorptive capacity, adaptive capacity, restorative capacity, and recovery speed —and used them to qualitatively evaluate the resilience of each strategy. The literature review and qualitative analyses show that to attain resilient cooling, the four resilience criteria should be considered in the design phase of a building or during the planning of retrofits. The building and relevant cooling system characteristics should be considered simultaneously to withstand extreme events. A combination of strategies with different resilience capacities, such as a passive envelope strategy coupled with a low-energy space-cooling solution, may be needed to obtain resilient cooling. Finally, a further direction for a quantitative assessment approach has been pointed out.

Critical review

Climate change

Heatwave

Resilient

Qualitative analysis

Building cooling

Passive cooling

Active cooling

Low-energy cooling

Power outage

Author

Chen Zhang

Aalborg University

Ongun Berk Kazanci

Technical University of Denmark (DTU)

Ronnen Levinson

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Per Heiselberg

Aalborg University

Bjarne W. Olesen

Technical University of Denmark (DTU)

Giacomo Chiesa

Polytechnic University of Turin

Behzad Sodagar

University of Lincoln

Zhengtao Ai

Hunan University

Stephen Selkowitz

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Michele Zinzi

Ente Per Le Nuove Tecnologie, l'Energia e l'Ambiente

Ardeshir Mahdavi

Vienna University of Technology

Helene Teufl

Vienna University of Technology

Maria Kolokotroni

Brunel University London

Agnese Salvati

Brunel University London

Emmanuel Bozonnet

Universite de La Rochelle

Feryal Chtioui

Universite de La Rochelle

Patrick Salagnac

Universite de La Rochelle

Ramin Rahif

University of Liège

Shady Attia

University of Liège

Vincent Lemort

University of Liège

Essam Elnagar

University of Liège

Hilde Breesch

KU Leuven

Abantika Sengupta

KU Leuven

Liangzhu Leon Wang

Concordia University

Dahai Qi

Université de Sherbrooke

Philipp Stern

Institute of Building Research & Innovation

Nari Yoon

Korea University

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Dragos Ioan Bogatu

Polytechnic University of Turin

Ricardo Forgiarini Rupp

Technical University of Denmark (DTU)

Taha Arghand

Chalmers, Architecture and Civil Engineering, Building Services Engineering

Saqib Javed

Chalmers, Architecture and Civil Engineering, Building Services Engineering

Jan Akander

University of Gävle

Abolfazl Hayati

University of Gävle

Mathias Cehlin

University of Gävle

Sana Sayadi

University of Gävle

Sadegh Forghani

University of Gävle

Hui Zhang

University of California

Edward Arens

University of California

Guoqiang Zhang

Hunan University

Energy and Buildings

0378-7788 (ISSN)

Vol. 251 111312

Subject Categories

Other Civil Engineering

Energy Systems

Building Technologies

DOI

10.1016/j.enbuild.2021.111312

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