The task Modelling of outdoor comfort against Oceanside shopping centre

Action Sustainability provided outdoor comfort modelling services for Stockland’s new shopping centre, south of the sunshine coast, QLD. The services included a detailed weather assessment including review of temperatures, humidity, wind and rain.  A detailed modelling exercise was also undertaken to understand comfort conditions within the naturally ventilated mall and food and beverage precinct.  The study utilised Universal Thermal Climate Index (UTCI) to provide advice regarding anticipated comfort conditions for the new development.

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Stockland approached Action Sustainability because they wanted to offer the most comfortable outdoor shopping experience to the patrons of their new open shopping centre in the Sunshine Coast, QLD.

  • For this to happen Stockland required a detailed study to assist them in understanding how the climate impacted thermal comfort of the patrons in the naturally ventilated public realm. Hence Action Sustainability undertook the following assessments to determine exactly that:
  • A complete weather analysis was done using wind speed & direction, temperature, rain and humidity data. From this comfort was assessed alongside clothing and activity levels associated to what the patrons were assumed to be doing.
  • After identifying the highest occurring wind speed a computational fluid dynamics analysis was done on nine different locations within the naturally ventilated space.
  • In addition to these assessments, the study utilised Universal Thermal Climate Index (UTCI) to provide advice regarding anticipated comfort conditions for the new development. This ultimately allowed Stockland to consider these conditions in the design of their outdoor shopping centre.

The outcome

Stockland managed to take into consideration how the climate impacted the comfort of their patrons into their design, ultimately allowing them to mitigate thermally uncomfortable situations for those eating, drinking or simply walking from store to store in the outdoor shopping centre and therefore providing the best experience to their customers.