The effect of urban density on energy consumption and solar gains: The study of Abu Dhabi's neighborhood

Milos Mirkovic, Khaled Alawadi

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The study shows that native-born neighbourhoods occupy a large portion of Abu Dhabi's landscape, with 55.2% of the total land designated for development. Even though 18% of the total Abu Dhabi's population lives in these neighbourhoods, they consume 47.8% of total domestic electricity demand in 2014, or almost six times more than the average per capita electricity consumption. This paper explores potential building energy reduction and solar heat gains by focusing on urban density of one typical Emirati neighbourhood in Abu Dhabi. Results show that building energy demand can be reduced by up to 10.5%, while solar heat gains can be reduced by more than 50%, depending on the urban density. Results in general reveal how urban density can affect solar heat gains and reduce building cooling demand for low-rise Emirati neighbourhoods.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)277-282
Number of pages6
JournalEnergy Procedia
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Externally publishedYes
Event1st Joint Conference on World Engineers Summit - Applied Energy Symposium and Forum: Low Carbon Cities and Urban Energy, WES-CUE 2017 - Singapore, Singapore
Duration: Jul 19 2017Jul 21 2017


  • building energy
  • cooling load
  • energy consumption
  • passive cooling design
  • solar gains
  • urban form

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Energy


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