A GIS tool for accessing climate data relevant to building practitioners

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ConferenceProceedings of the 12th International Conference on the Durability of Building Materials and Components (XII DBMC): 12 April 2011, Porto, Portugal
Pages21932200; # of pages: 8
Subjectbuilding systems, climate design data, design and maintenance; Building envelope
AbstractMaintenance of building façades and related systems should be an on-going process. Nonetheless, maintenance prioritisation issues are often neglected due to the lack of available tools to assess vulnerability to climatic effects and susceptibility to deterioration. How is climatic information currently accessed and used and what are the existing means to assess climate loading effects? A Geographic Information System (GIS) platform [ESRI ArcGIS 9.3] was proposed as an appropriate tool to integrate climatic design information and other analyzed climate data in a geographical context and allow users ready access to climate information pertinent to building practitioners. On the basis of this effort climatic design data used for building codes and standards, such as degree days, 15 minute, one day and annual rainfall, driving rain wind pressure and related loads were made available in the GIS platform. This climatic design data provides basic information from which derivative climate parameters can be developed and from which relevant climate load projections can be extracted for use by building designers, practitioners and maintenance experts.
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AffiliationNRC Institute for Research in Construction; National Research Council Canada
Peer reviewedYes
NRC number54499
NPARC number20374032
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