Urban designers and municipal planners are challenged to balance city livability with economic growth and urban densification. New developments with tall buildings alter the microclimate of a city, specifically the wind patterns at ground level. Pedestrian level winds (PLW) can be predicted for each new development by a microclimate consultant using computational fluid dynamics (CFD) studies and wind tunnel studies. This webinar will discuss why municipal planning departments should update their Pedestrian Level Wind Guidelines, what is important to include in the guidelines and how the implementation of guidelines ensures clarity in the development application process. Proper guidelines ensure that the as-built environment equals the planned environment.
Participants Will Learn
- What microclimate and pedestrian level winds are and how they affect city livability
- Why updating a Pedestrian Level Wind (PLW) Guideline is important
- How CFD and wind tunnel studies are used to determine pedestrian level winds
- What should be included in a Pedestrian Level Wind (PLW) Guideline Case studies from recent implementations of PLW Guidelines