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Verification of design calculations of a wind catcher/tower natural ventilation system with performance testing in real building

Elmualim, A. A. (2006) Verification of design calculations of a wind catcher/tower natural ventilation system with performance testing in real building. International Journal of Ventilation, 4 (4). pp. 393-404. ISSN 1473-3315

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Abstract/Summary

A wind catcher/tower natural ventilation system was installed in a seminar room in the building of the School of Construction Management and Engineering, the University of Reading in the UK . Performance was analysed by means of ventilation tracer gas measurements, indoor climate measurements (temperature, humidity, CO2) and occupant surveys. In addition, the potential of simple design tools was evaluated by comparing observed ventilation results with those predicted by an explicit ventilation model and the AIDA implicit ventilation model. To support this analysis, external climate parameters (wind speed and direction, solar radiation, external temperature and humidity) were also monitored. The results showed the chosen ventilation design provided a substantially greater ventilation rate than an equivalent area of openable window. Also air quality parameters stayed within accepted norms while occupants expressed general satisfaction with the system and with comfort conditions. Night cooling was maximised by using the system in combination with openable windows. Comparisons of calculations with ventilation rate measurements showed that while AIDA gave reasonably correlated results with the monitored performance results, the widely used industry explicit model was found to over estimate the monitored ventilation rate.

Item Type:Article
Refereed:Yes
Divisions:Faculty of Science > School of Construction Management and Engineering > Innovative and Sustainable Technologies
ID Code:11947
Uncontrolled Keywords:natural ventilation, wind catcher, calculations, comparisons with measurements, tracer gas, air quality parameters, occupant assessment, thermal comfort, passive cooling, case study

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