Residents of the dense urban environment in Hong Kong suffer from poor living conditions due to building overheating, especially during near-extreme summer conditions. In this study, the thermal comfort and energy performance of typical public rental housing (PRH) building types were simulated using DesignBuilder. Results show that the oldest Slab type PRH, which has a compact building form, has the highest indoor air temperature, yet the lowest cooling energy demand. On the other hand, the Trident type PRH, with the largest external wall U-value, performs the worst overall and is the most responsive to outdoor temperature changes.
Kwok, Y. T., Lau, K. K. L., Lung Lai, A. K., Chan, P. W., Lavafpour, Y., Kwan Ho, J. C., & Yung Ng, E. Y. (2017). A comparative study on the indoor thermal comfort and energy consumption of typical public rental housing types under near-extreme summer conditions in Hong Kong. In Energy Procedia (Vol. 122, pp. 973–978). Elsevier Ltd. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.egypro.2017.07.454