Designing for an Acceptable Wind Environment

by Edward A. Arens, (M.ASCE), Assoc. Prof.; Dept. of Architecture, Univ. of California, Berkeley, Calif. 94720,

Serial Information: Transportation Engineering Journal of ASCE, 1981, Vol. 107, Issue 2, Pg. 127-141

Document Type: Journal Paper


The comfort and safety of pedestrians has been neglected by designers because few criteria exist on acceptable wind velocities and it is difficult to predict the climatic characteristics around proposed buildings. Available information on wind effects on pedestrian comfort and safety are summarized. The mechanical effects of wind on comfort are now better understood than the thermal effects of climate. Limiting values of wind speed become the criteria to determine whether a space is comfortable or safe over time, and allow judgments to be made about project acceptability. Microclimatic-prediction techniques are explored, as are procedures for determining the probability of a proposed pedestrain area being uncomfortable or unsafe.

Subject Headings: Safety | Wind engineering | Pedestrians | Building design | Wind speed | Climates | Wind forces | Thermal effects

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