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Title: Natural ventilation strategies for indoor thermal comfort in Mediterranean apartments
Authors: Spentzou, Eftychia
Cook, Malcolm J.
Emmitt, Stephen
Keywords: Ventilation
Thermal comfort
Wind-catcher
Dynamic façade
Dynamic modeling
Issue Date: 2017
Publisher: © Springer and Tsinghua University Press
Citation: SPENTZOU, E., COOK, M.J. and EMMITT, S., 2017. Natural ventilation strategies for indoor thermal comfort in Mediterranean apartments. Building Simulation, doi:10.1007/s12273-017-0380-1.
Abstract: Natural ventilation strategies as effective low energy refurbishment solutions are identified within this research study, for an existing urban multi-storey apartment building in Athens, representative of over four-million Greek urban residential buildings. Retrofit strategies were evaluated using occupant comfort criteria and the existing ventilation strategy, for a single apartment using dynamic thermal simulations. These strategies included individual day and night ventilation, a wind-catcher and a dynamic façade. Suitable openings operation in response to environmental parameters provided sufficient day and night ventilation and occupant comfort. The inclusion of a wind-catcher yielded very little improvement to the ventilation performance. However, the combined operation of the wind-catcher and the dynamic façade delivered operative temperature reductions of up to 7oC below the base-case strategy, and acceptable ventilation rates for up to 65% of the cooling period. The successful performance of the proposed strategies highlights the potential for reducing energy consumption and improving thermal comfort in a large number of buildings in hot climates.
Description: This paper is in closed access until 1st June 2018.
Version: Accepted for publication
DOI: 10.1007/s12273-017-0380-1
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/25104
Publisher Link: https://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s12273-017-0380-1
ISSN: 1996-8744
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