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Microclimate Assessment in a neighbourhood of Pardubice, Czechia

Project objectives and characteristics

The objective of this project is to demonstrate our expertise as urban microclimate consulting engineers in implementing and validating Blue-Green solutions for the urban environment. This project takes place around the soon to be constructed office building of the Československá obchodní banka (ČSOB) – one of the largest commercial banks operating in the Czech Republic and is conducted by the architects from the architectural firm called Architekti. The new project will be located in a district with a low urban density surrounded by a brewery and a commercial center in the East and West side. The Labe River is situated in the North of this area. 

Microclimate Assessment for Blue-Green Strategies

The main objectives of this study are:

  1. Based on Microclimate Simulations tool, we want to assess the evolution of the air temperature for both urban scenarios: the current situation VS the Blue-Green strategy, for an given area.

  2. Based on Microclimate Simulations tool, we also want to assess the impact of diverse urban projects on climate comfort levels. Mesured by the Universal Thermal Climate Index (UTCI), this dimension represents the level of heat stress felt by people.

  3. Finally, our aim for this project is to assess the wind flow distribution of the wind coming from the direction of a Brewery to evaluate if the unpleasant smell from the Brewery is likely, or not, to be distributed across the concerned area.

1. Evolution of the air temperature in a given area 

For each given area included in the project, we compare side by side the evolution of air temperature for both scenarios: the current urban environment VS the Blue-Green Strategy.

2. Assessing the thermal comfort with perceived temperature

Thanks to our Microclimate Simulations tool, we can easily measure and therefore compared the temperature felt by people for 2 competiting urban designs. 

Here, the black line represents the perceived temperature in the current urban design when the blue line is the one with the Blue-Green strategy. The effectivity is demonstrated with meteorologic data. 

3. Wind distribution Assessment 

 

Our study reveals that the wind in Pardubice is globally slow, the average speed is about 2.5m/s and 3m/s, and the apparition of strong wind due to new buildings is low. The prevailing wind is coming from West and it is rare that it comes from the North where the Labe river is. Therefore, the neighborhood will not benefit of its cooling potential. 

Our data-driven tools allow us to interpret the cooling potential of wind based on its frequency, average speed and direction.  

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