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Weather Data and Solar Orientations

  • Mojtaba SamimiEmail author
Chapter
Part of the Springer Optimization and Its Applications book series (SOIA, volume 102)

Abstract

As we approach the end of 2014, what is the public’s interpretation of advances in “solar architecture”? Is it still, in many cases, limited to an installation of solar thermal collectors or photovoltaic panels on building roofs and facades? And in the area of improving “energy efficiency” of buildings and their interiors, are the choices for materials and high-tech systems generally considered as the final objectives for some leading building industries? Are these the only things we should consider as the means towards an environmentally oriented and healthy design?

A comprehensive integration of solar and weather data (including long-term historical weather records, recent observations, nowcasting, deterministic and probabilistic weather forecast scenarios) into all aspects related to structures (including architectural and urban plans as well as city flow management and decision-making processes) cannot be treated as an option we choose to ignore or drop along the way.

This chapter tries to discuss some key parameters such as global and local challenges observed by the author, namely, in 2014. It also strives to demonstrate the creative process of actively questioning, finding and developing adaptive solutions in urban/architectural decision-making environments.

Keywords

Solar performance Environmental approach Data processing Urban impact Integrated design 

Notes

Acknowledgments

The author acknowledges the consultation committee of the Office de Consultation Publique de Montréal (OCPM) for their analysis regarding author’s documents offered to (Montréal Development Plan) PDM as well as other mentioned projects.

The author would like to acknowledge Environment Canada (EC) for access to weather observation data retrieved from The National Climate Data and Information Archive as well as the recent observation records and weather forecast updates from Environment Canada’s weather website.

The author also acknowledges the assistance from Mr. Lewis Poulin of the Quebec National High Impact Weather Laboratory of Environment Canada for his help in learning more about the availability and application of deterministic and ensemble weather forecast datasets, summarized in part in one of his presentations made at the International Conference for Enhanced Building Operations (ICEBO), Montréal, 2013.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.RMM Solarch StudioMontrealCanada

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