Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile

Thermal and climatic zoning for construction in the southern part of Chile

Revista : Advances in Science and Research
Volumen : 15
Páginas : 63-69
Tipo de publicación : Conferencia No DCC Ir a publicación


This paper presents the results of the updated boundaries of thermal zones in the tree southern regions of Chile, based on the method of heating degrees-days according to hourly temperature measurements at meteorological stations in the last decade. The Ministry of Housing and Urban Planning of Chile has not updated these boundaries since 1999. Using the Climatic Severity index method, the relative energy consumption of dwellings was analyzed for cooling and heating in summer and winter periods, respectively. The analysis revealed that, within the limits of a single thermal zone, the energy costs for cooling in the summer period of the same house may differ by 50%.