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Vulnerability of U.S. Residential Building Stock to Heat: Status Quo, Trends, Mitigation Strategies, and the Role of Energy Efficiency

Abstract Thermal extremes are responsible for more than 90% of all weather-related deaths in the United States, with heat alone accounting for an annual death toll of 618. With the combination of global warming and urban expansion, cities are becoming hotter and the threat to the well-being of citizens in urban areas is growing. Because people in modern societies (and in particular, vulnerable groups such as the elderly) spend most of their time inside their home, indoor exposure to heat is the underlying cause in a considerable fraction of heat-related morbidity and mortality. Notably, this can be observed in many US cities despite the high prevalence of mechanical air conditioning in the building stock. Therefore, part of the effort to reducing th... (more)
Created Date 2019
Contributor Baniassadi, Amir (Author) / Sailor, David J (Advisor) / Bryan, Harvey M (Committee member) / Reddy, Agami (Committee member) / Chester, Mikhail M (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Civil engineering / Energy / Environmental health / Building Energy Demand / Heat Resiliency / Heat Wave / Thermal Comfort
Type Doctoral Dissertation
Extent 141 pages
Language English
Note Doctoral Dissertation Engineering 2019
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
Additional Formats MODS / OAI Dublin Core / RIS

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