The Impact of High-Rise Residential Building Design Parameters on the Thermal and Energy Performance: A Literature Review


  • Lobna Elgheriani Ph.D Researcher, Technische Universität Graz.
  • Brian Cody Director, Institute for Buildings and Energy Graz University of Technology



Energy Performance, Thermal Performance, High-rise Buildings, High-rise Residential Buildings


Nowadays, high-rise buildings are developing very fast to cater to the increase in demand in major urban cities. This phenomenon has contributed to several environmental problems in both construction and operation. High-rise buildings design parameters seem to lack contextual environmental consideration. Evaluating the impact of such design parameters is a practical approach to enhance the overall energy and thermal performance. Existing research gaps are distinguished based on this review. Future research directions are also proposed through a methodological scheme to investigate comparatively, the effects of different geometric factors on both thermal and energy performance, specifically in the high-rise residential buildings with consideration to different climatic regions.


Keywords: Energy Performance; Thermal Performance; High-rise Buildings; High-rise Residential Buildings

eISSN: 2398-4287 © 2019. The Authors. Published for AMER ABRA cE-Bs by e-International Publishing House, Ltd., UK. This is an open access article under the CC BYNC-ND license ( Peer–review under responsibility of AMER (Association of Malaysian Environment-Behaviour Researchers), ABRA (Association of Behavioural Researchers on Asians) and cE-Bs (Centre for Environment-Behaviour Studies), Faculty of Architecture, Planning & Surveying, Universiti Teknologi MARA, Malaysia.

Author Biographies

Lobna Elgheriani, Ph.D Researcher, Technische Universität Graz.

Bachelor of Science (Architectural Studies) | Master of Architecture.Limkokwing University of Creative Technology

Brian Cody, Director, Institute for Buildings and Energy Graz University of Technology

Professor Brian Cody ist Universitätsprofessor an der technischen Universität Graz und leitet dort seit 2004 das Institut für Gebäude und Energie. Sein Schwerpunkt in Forschung, Lehre und Praxis gilt der Maximierung der Energieperformance von Gebäuden und Städten. Vor dem Ruf nach Graz war er Associate Director des weltweit operierenden Ingenieurbüros Arup. Er ist Gründer und CEO des Beratungsunternehmens Energy Design Cody, das an der Entwicklung von innovativen Klima- und Energiekonzepten für Bauprojekte weltweit beteiligt ist. Professor Cody ist Mitglied in zahlreichen Beiräten und Preisgerichten und Gastprofessor an der Universität für Angewandte Kunst in Wien.


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How to Cite

Elgheriani, L., & Cody, B. (2019). The Impact of High-Rise Residential Building Design Parameters on the Thermal and Energy Performance: A Literature Review. Environment-Behaviour Proceedings Journal, 4(11), 81-91.