New solutions for cooling urban landscapes

PhD candidate Pui Kwan (Paul) Cheung and A/Prof Stephen Livesley are working on a novel project looking at the use of misting to cool urban landscapes. Working with South East Water and the CRC for Water Sensitive Cities, their research is looking at how misting in built up environments can help tackle the urban heat island effect, improve human thermal comfort and decrease the need for energy intensive air conditioning. Research sites include the Aquarevo house in Lyndhurst where South East Water and Villawood Properties and have collaborated to design housing based around smart technology and intelligent water solutions. Staff and students at Lyndhurst Primary School have enthusiastically joined in the program, with the school serving as a control site for the research project.


Stephen Livesley

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