Natural ventilation heuristics in high-rise residential buildings : evaluation and prediction

Omrani, Sara, Drogemuller, Robin, Garcia-Hansen, Veronica, & Capra, Bianca (2014) Natural ventilation heuristics in high-rise residential buildings : evaluation and prediction. In Across: Architectural Research through to Practice: 48th International Conference of the Architectural Science Association (ANZAScA) 2014, The Architectural Science Association and Genova University Press, Genoa, Italy, pp. 609-618.

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Complex behaviour of air flow in the buildings makes it difficult to predict. Consequently, architects use common strategies for designing buildings with adequate natural ventilation. However, each climate needs specific strategies and there are not many heuristics for subtropical climate in literature. Furthermore, most of these common strategies are based on low-rise buildings and their performance for high-rise buildings might be different due to the increase of the wind speed with increase in the height. This study uses Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) to evaluate these rules of thumb for natural ventilation for multi-residential buildings in subtropical climate. Four design proposals for multi-residential towers with natural ventilation which were produced in intensive two days charrette were evaluated using CFD. The results show that all the buildings reach acceptable level of wind speed in living areas and poor amount of air flow in sleeping areas.

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ID Code: 78438
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Natural ventilation, subtropical climate, multi-residential buildings, rules of thumb, CFD
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > ARCHITECTURE (120100) > Architectural Science and Technology (incl. Acoustics Lighting Structure and Ecologically Sustainable Design) (120104)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Chemistry, Physics & Mechanical Engineering
Current > Schools > School of Design
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Current > Institutes > Institute for Future Environments
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2014 The Architectural Science Association
Deposited On: 05 Nov 2014 23:43
Last Modified: 30 Jan 2015 01:36

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