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School of the Built Environment

Dr Mohammad Taleghani

Research Fellow


Dr. Mohammad Taleghani is a Research Fellow in the School of the Built Environment. He has worked previously at University of Southern California in Los Angeles (USA), Portland State University (USA), Delft University of Technology (The Netherlands), and University of Gothenburg (Sweden). His primary focus is on the impact of the urban heat island on thermal comfort and energy consumption of buildings. Mohammad received a prestigious grant from the United States National Science Foundation (NSF), and has published numerous papers in prominent journals in the field of built environment.

Research Interests

Urban heat islands;
heat mitigation strategies;
outdoor thermal comfort;
CFD modelling; microclimate studies;
building energy use.


Journal  Papers: 

  • Taleghani, M., Marshall, A., Fitton, R., Swan, W., (2019), "Renaturing a microclimate: The impact of greening a neighbourhood on indoor thermal comfort during a heatwave in Manchester, UK", Solar Energy, 182 (245-255). [Link]
  • Taleghani, M., Crank, P.J., Mohegh, A., Sailor, D., Ban-Weiss G., (2019), "The impact of heat mitigation strategies on the energy balance of a neighborhood in Los Angeles", Solar Energy, 177 (604-611). [Link]
  • Venhari, A., Tenpierik, M., Taleghani, M., (2019), "The role of sky view factor and urban street greenery in human thermal comfort and heat stress in a desert climate", Journal of Arid Environments, In Press. [Link]
  • Taleghani, M., (2018), “The impact of increasing urban surface albedo on outdoor summer thermal comfort within a university campus”, Urban Climate, 24, 175-184. [Link]
  • Crank, P.J., Sailor, D., Ban-Weiss G. Taleghani, M., (2018)," Evaluating the ENVI-met microscale model for suitability in analysis of targeted urban heat mitigation strategies", Urban Climate, 26(188-197). [Link]
  • Taleghani, M., (2018), "Outdoor thermal comfort by different heat mitigation strategies- A review", Renewable & Sustainable Energy Reviews, 81 (2), 2011-2018. [Link]
  • Taleghani, M., Berardi, U. (2018)," The effect of pavement characteristics on pedestrians' thermal comfort in Toronto", Urban Climate, 24(449-459). [Link]
  • Nasrollahi, N., Hatami, M., Khastar S., Taleghani, M., (2017), "Numerical evaluation of thermal comfort in traditional courtyards to develop new microclimate design in a hot and dry climate”, Sustainable Cities and Society, 35, 449-467. [Link]
  • Nasrollahi, N., Hatami, Z., Taleghani, M., (2017)," Development of outdoor thermal comfort model for tourists in urban historical areas; A case study in Isfahan”, Building and Environment, 125, 356-372. [Link]
  • Kleerekoper, L, Taleghani M., Huurdijk T., Dobbelsteen A. (2017), “Urban measures for hot weather conditions in a temperate climate condition: A review study”, Renewable & Sustainable Energy Reviews, 75: 515-533. [Link]
  • Taleghani, M., Sailor, D., Ban-Weiss G. (2016),"Micrometeorological simulations to predict the impacts of heat mitigation strategies on pedestrian thermal comfort in a Los Angeles neighborhood", Environmental Research Letters, 11(02). [Link]
  • Taleghani M., Kleerekoper, L, Tenpierik M., Dobbelsteen A. (2015), “Outdoor thermal comfort within five different urban forms in the Netherlands”, Building and Environment, 83: 65-78. [Link]
  • Taleghani M., Tenpierik M., Dobbelsteen A., Sailor, D. (2014), “Heat mitigation strategies in winter and summer: Field measurements in temperate climates”, Building and Environment, 81: 309-309. [Link]
  • Taleghani M., Tenpierik M., Dobbelsteen A. (2014), “Indoor thermal comfort in urban courtyard block dwellings in the Netherlands”, Building and Environment, 82: 566-579.[Link]
  • Taleghani M., Tenpierik M., Dobbelsteen A., Sailor, D., “Heat in Courtyards: A validated and calibrated parametric study of heat mitigation strategies for urban courtyards in the Netherlands”, Solar Energy, 103: 108-124. [Link]  
  • Taleghani M., Sailor, D., Tenpierik M., Dobbelsteen A. (2014), “Thermal assessment of heat mitigation strategies: Case of Portland State University, Oregon, USA”, Building and Environment, 73: 138-150. [Link]
  • Taleghani M., Tenpierik M., Dobbelsteen A. (2014), “Energy performance and thermal comfort of courtyard/atrium dwellings in the Netherlands in the light of climate change”, Renewable Energy, 63: 486-497. [Link]
  • Taleghani M., Tenpierik M., Dobbelsteen A, De Dear R. (2013), “Energy use impact of and thermal comfort in different urban block types in the Netherlands”, Energy and Buildings, 67: 166-175. [Link]
  • Taleghani M., Tenpierik M., Kurvers S., Dobbelsteen A. (2013), “A review into thermal comfort in buildings”, Renewable & Sustainable Energy Reviews, 26: 201-215. [Link]
  • Taleghani M., Tenpierik M., and Dobbelsteen A. (2012), Environmental Impact of Courtyards- A Review and Comparison of Residential Courtyard Buildings in Different Climates, Int. Journal of Green Building, Volume 7, Issue 2, 113-136. [Link]
  • Zamani Z, Taleghani M., Seied Bagher Hoseini (2012), Courtyards as solutions in green architecture to reduce environmental pollution, Energy Education Science and Technology Part A, 30 (1): 385-396. 
  • Taleghani M., Tolou Behboud K., Heidari Sh. (2010), Energy Efficient Architectural Design Strategies in Hot-dry Area of Iran: Kashan, Emirates Journal for Engineering Research, 15 (2), 85-91. [Link]
  • Hanachi, P., Taleghani, M., Zamani, Z (2009), "Permanency, as a New Understanding of Sustainability: Case Study Using Traditional Iranian Architecture", International Journal of Sustainability Science and Studies (1) 8-14. 


  • Taleghani M., (2014), “Dwelling on Courtyards: Exploring the energy efficiency and comfort potential of courtyards for dwellings in the Netherlands”. TU Delft (October 30, 2014), ISBN-10: 9461863950. [Link]