Articles | Volume 16, issue 4
Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci., 16, 963–976, 2016
Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci., 16, 963–976, 2016

Research article 13 Apr 2016

Research article | 13 Apr 2016

The role of building models in the evaluation of heat-related risks

Oliver Buchin et al.

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Short summary
Heat-related risk analysis is based on outdoor climates; however, humans are mostly exposed to indoor climates. A novel heat-related risk concept is developed, which includes exposition to the indoor climate. An exemplary calculation of heat-related mortality reveals that the influence of building physics better explains the variability in the risk data. Simplified building models can be used for indoor hazard calculation as long as the main non-linear effects of the buildings are included.
Final-revised paper