Assessment of the OTC (Outdoor Thermal Comfort) in the UAEU Campus, AL Ain, Abu Dhabi, UAE

Lindita Bande, Raghad Ghazal, Kim Young, Rashed Khalifa Al Shaali, Kheira Anissa Tabet Aoul, M. Al Battah, Afshin Afshari, Paola Ronca, Prajowal Manadhar

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The speed of urban growth in the city of Al Ain brings out a great challenge for all the professionals involved in the design, planning and construction of buildings and other urban structures. Al Ain has a hot arid climate with fresh winter and very hot and dry summer. The main focus of this research is the outdoor thermal comfort of the male and female campuses of the United Arab Emirates University. The campus is located in the entrance of the city of Al Ain, therefore the study of the materials in the built environment is crucial. The outdoor thermal comfort (in this research represented by PET) is an important parameter to measure the quality of life in a developing city such as Al Ain and within the campus in particular. The main sub-domains of the CFD (Computational Fluid Dynamics) models are: zone A (currently with high metallic shading structure), zone B (no shading devices), zone C (currently with high metallic shading structure), zone D1 (no shading devices), zone D2 (no shading devices). The suggested selection of these five zones is based on the high number of users. The site measurement campaign includes the installation of a range of sensors (air temperature, relative humidity, wind speed and direction, direct normal and global horizontal solar irradiance) that will monitor the microclimatic conditions to be used as boundary conditions in the CFD simulations done in ENVI-met software. By comparing the current situation with the proposed new strategies this study aims to bring an innovative alternative in improving the OTC.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationZEMCH 2019 - International Conference Proceedings
EditorsJun-Tae Kim, Masa Noguchi, Hasim Altan
PublisherZEMCH Network
Number of pages11
ISBN (Electronic)9791196116613
Publication statusPublished - 2019
Event7th International Conference on Zero Energy Mass Custom Home, ZEMCH 2019 - Seoul, Korea, Republic of
Duration: Nov 26 2019Nov 28 2019

Publication series

NameZEMCH International Conference
ISSN (Electronic)2652-2926


Conference7th International Conference on Zero Energy Mass Custom Home, ZEMCH 2019
Country/TerritoryKorea, Republic of


  • CFD Simulations
  • Cool Pavement
  • Evapotranspiration
  • Green Shading Devices
  • Hot arid climate
  • Outdoor Thermal Comfort
  • PET
  • Urban Heat Island

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality
  • Building and Construction
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Architecture


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