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Landscaping to Reduce the Energy Used in Cooling Buildings

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Although much less energy is expended in the United States for space cooling than for space heating, this end use is significant in many areas of the country and is often the major factor in utility peak electrical demands during the warmer months. Vegetative landscaping can reduce the energy required to cool residences by providing shade and wind control and through microclimate cooling via evapo-transpiration. "Precision landscaping" design concepts can optimize the energy savings, particularly during utility peak demand periods. Energy analyses of an insulated mobile home show that landscaping can reduce cooling energy by more than 50 percent during warm summer days. Deciduous trees are particularly useful because they allow solar radiation to reach a building during the heating season.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Associate Professor in the Physical Science Department, Florida International University, Miami 33199

Publication date: 1983-02-01

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