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Vegetation Cover Effects on Outdoor Thermal Comfort Around High-rise Developments; A Case Study of Havelock City, Colombo, Sri Lanka

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L. R. T. Weerakoon ,

University of Moratuwa, LK
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N. G. R. Perera

University of Moratuwa, LK
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Abstract

Colombo, with its rapid development, is experiencing an influx of high-rise developments. These developments create a significant influence on the microclimate of the area around them, and therefore impact outdoor thermal comfort. With the intension of mitigating outdoor thermal comfort concerns, the enhancement of the vegetation cover is an often-proposed strategy. This is a research initiative to ascertain the optimum vegetation cover percentage to achieve outdoor thermal comfort around high-rise developments, utilising Havelock City, Colombo, Sri Lanka as a case study. A computer simulation process is adopted, using the software ENVI-met, to explore the optimum form and coverage of vegetation for outdoor thermal comfort. Results show, overall thermal comfort levels diminish, with the increased infusion of vegetation. Vegetation cover had a little or no impact in the daytime, while the strategy had distinct negative impacts in the night-time. The nature of the built morphology of the development together with the vegetation cover increase is shown to have significant impact on wind movement and nocturnal heat loss, therefore outdoor thermal comfort levels. Conclusions highlight the need for the extensive exploration of morphological studies, while encompassing key amelioration strategies, particularly for the high-rise development typology.
How to Cite: Weerakoon, L.R.T. and Perera, N.G.R., 2021. Vegetation Cover Effects on Outdoor Thermal Comfort Around High-rise Developments; A Case Study of Havelock City, Colombo, Sri Lanka. FARU Journal, 8(1), pp.46–56. DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/faruj.v8i1.86
Published on 19 Nov 2021.
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