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Natural Ventilation

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Dr Fitzgerald’s talk will cover:

• Building energy usage: the role of the built environment in carbon emissions and how significant the impact of a ‘low energy’ building can be.

• Traditional natural ventilation:advantages and disadvantages of traditional natural ventilation, its impact on thermal comfort and well-being

• Examples of natural ventilation: case studies showing examples of naturally ventilated buildings, their successes and what can be learned from them.

• Designing natural ventilation: exploration of the different modes of ventilation that can occur in more complex buildings and how these can be modelled and predicted; simple spaces vs. complex spaces; modelling techniques including water bath videos and computational fluid dynamics

• Natural ventilation strategies: interrogating the traditional approach to natural ventilation, its pitfalls and explaining how to use different strategies at different times of the year; displacement ventilation; mixing ventilation.

• Energy savings: discussing the energy savings possible by using data from monitored completed projects

• Case studies: different systems in various building types; system types and controls.

This talk is part of the Laing O'Rourke Centre Seminars series.

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