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Exploring the potential of climate-adaptive container building design under future climate scenarios in three different climate zones
Dalarna University, School of Technology and Business Studies, Construction. (Building Technology, Energy Technology, City Information Modeling)ORCID iD: 0000-0003-0239-9214
Dalarna University, School of Technology and Business Studies, Energy Technology. (Energy Technology, City Information Modeling)
Dalarna University, School of Technology and Business Studies, Energy Technology. (Energy Technology, City Information Modeling)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-2369-0169
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2020 (English)In: Sustainability, ISSN 2071-1050, E-ISSN 2071-1050, Vol. 12, no 1, article id 108Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The deployment of containers as building modules has grown in popularity over the past years due to their inherent strength, modular construction and relatively low cost. The upcycled container architecture is being accepted since it is more eco-friendly than using the traditional building materials with intensive carbon footprint. Moreover, owing to the unquestionable urgency of climate change, existing climate-adaptive design strategies may no longer respond effectively as they are supposed to work in the previous passive design. Therefore, this paper explores an adaptive upcycled strategy of shipping containers as a carbon-smart modular living solution to a single family house under three design scenarios related to cold, temperate and hot-humid climatic zones, respectively. By assessing the projected future climate data with the ASHRAE Standard 55 and Current Handbook of Fundamentals Comfort Model, it was found that Rome would gradually face more failures in conventional climate adaptive design measures in the coming 60 years. The appropriate utilization of internal heat gains seems to be the most promising measure in Rome, followed by the measure of windows sun shading and passive solar direct gain by using low mass. Weather analysis shows different results in Berlin and Stockholm, where special attention should be paid to the occasional overheating risk. As a result, the holistic climate-adaptive container building design measures are finally summarized from aspects of design features, production / process and challenges in implementation.

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2020. Vol. 12, no 1, article id 108
Keywords [en]
upcycling container house; future climate scenario; self-energy sufficient operated living module; empty containers repositioning
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Architectural Engineering
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Energy and Built Environments, ENSECO - Produktion och process för utformning och konstruktion av energisjälvförsörjande containerbyggnader
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URN: urn:nbn:se:du-31305DOI: 10.3390/su12010108Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85079666270OAI: oai:DiVA.org:du-31305DiVA, id: diva2:1380030
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European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), 46127660Available from: 2019-12-18 Created: 2019-12-18 Last updated: 2020-03-19Bibliographically approved

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