Energy Efficient Cooling Technology for Achieving Sustainability in Buildings in a Subtropical Climate

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Energy efficient cooling technology is the key to a building’s sustainability. To approach the concept of energy efficiency in building systems in a sub-tropical climate, buildings should adopt a number of innovative technologies. The building sector is of great consequence in Australia’s economy and greatly affects the level of resources that are consumed. As sustainability is an increasingly important issue, there is a need to address the factors affecting sustainability in the building sector. Globally buildings are responsible for a large portion of the total annual energy consumption in the world. Most of this energy is for the functioning of lighting, heating, cooling and air conditioning. Concerns about social and environmental sustainability have led to increased interest in planning for proper utilisation of energy. World’s attention on current climate change impact and sustainability has also urged for a closer look at the energy efficient technologies. As buildings are important consumer of energy and thus important contributor to the higher greenhouse gas emissions to the environment. Therefore, low energy cooling technologies for buildings must be one of the definite alternatives to contribute to the sustainability of buildings. This study is a step towards achieving this goal.


Keywords: Building Sustainability, Energy Efficiency, Sub-Tropical Climate
Stream: Environmental Sustainability
Presentation Type: Virtual Presentation in English
Paper: , Energy Efficient Cooling Technologies for Achieving Sustainability in Buildings in Subtropical Climate


Ashfaque Ahmed Chowdhury

Researcher, College of Engineering and the Built Environment
Faculty of Sciences, Engineering and Health, Central Queensland University

Rockhampton, Queensland, Australia

Ashfaque Ahmed Chowdhury is working as a research scholar in the College of Engineering and Built Environment, Faculty of Sciences, Engineering and Health, Central Queensland University, Australia. His research interest includes asset management, building performance simulation, smart building systems, building condition monitoring, maintenance and intelligent control systems, mechatronics, CNC manufacturing,. He obtained his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Islamic University of Technology (IUT), a subsidiary organ of the Organisation of Islamic Conference (OIC), Gazipur, Bangladesh in 2003. In 2005, he moved to Australia to pursue research higher degree at Central Queensland University (CQU). He worked as a lecturer at Islamic University of Technology, Bangladesh and Central Queensland University, Australia. He has published 15 research articles in international journals and conferences.

Dr. M.G. Rasul

Senior Lecturer, Department of Sustainability
College of Engineering and the Built Environment
Faculty of Sciences, Engineering and Health, Central Queensland University

Rockhampton, Queensland, Australia


Ass. Prof. M.M.K. Khan

Head of Department, College of Engineering and the Built Environment
Faculty of Sciences, Engineering and Health, Central Queensland University

Rockhampton, Queensland, Australia


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