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07.31.2019

Researchers develop novel process to study how trees affect building temperatures and air flow

By Chelsea Davis, Iowa State University News Service

Iowa State researchers have developed a model to test how shading and air flow can improve indoor temperatures during the sweltering heat of Midwest summers. The new research, conducted by Sustainable Cities – a research group led by Ulrike Passe, associate professor of architecture – shows the effects of tree shading and evapotranspiration on building temperatures during extreme heat in the Midwest. Sustainable Cities is a project within the Center for Building Energy Research, which is directed by Passe.