The role of plants in temperature regulation of external walls: An experimental and numerical research

Erdem Cuce, Pinar Mert Cuce, Farooq Sher, T Bali, I Altin

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Green walls can be basically defined as climbing plants grown either directly against, or on support structures integrated to external building walls. Similar to other types of green infrastructure, they are in the centre of interest owing to their remarkable benefits such as reducing internal building temperatures, mitigating building energy consumption and facilitating urban adaptation to a warming climate. In this research, thermal regulation feature of green wall systems is experimentally and numerically investigated through a case study conducted in the Jubilee Campus of University of Nottingham. Internal wall temperatures are measured time-dependently for different cases and the results are compared with those of ordinary walls for a reliable and realistic approach. Different sky conditions are also considered within the scope of this research as an independent variable. Experimental results are verified by numerical models carried out in Ecotect. The results reveal that an average of 2.5 oC reduction in internal wall temperature can be achieved via green walls with about 10 cm thick climbing vegetation of Hedera helix, which is very promising.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages23
Publication statusPublished - 19 Jul 2016
Externally publishedYes
Event15th International Conference on Sustainable Energy Technologies - National University of Singapore, Singapore, Singapore
Duration: 19 Jul 201622 Jul 2016


Conference15th International Conference on Sustainable Energy Technologies
Abbreviated titleSET 2016
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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Engineering
  • Building and Construction
  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Environmental Science (miscellaneous)


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