AUTHOR: Lionel Epiney
CONTEXT: Lecture in the Seminar "Theorizing the Urban Passive House," USI Mendrisio, 08.03.2016
KEYWORDS: City climate, Santiago de Chile, thermal regimes
Presentation on Santiago's city climate and its associated energy challenges.
Santiago’s climate is characterized by high fluctuation rates of daily/yearly temperature, and as such possesses opportunities to develop the urban passive house in response to both hot and cold periods. Thus, we think it is relevant in permiting a better understanding and optimization of the complex balance between the demands for heating and cooling. Because of the economical growth of the last decades, the city now faces the ‘side-effects’ of it. In addition to the growing numbers of cars and manufacturing industries, wood-burning heaters and thermal inversion in the winter months worsen the climatic situation of Santiago (smog).