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Title: Delivery and performance of a low-energy ventilation and cooling strategy
Authors: Short, C. Alan
Cook, Malcolm J.
Lomas, Kevin J.
Keywords: Building performance
Natural ventilation
Passive downdraught cooling
Project delivery
Sustainable construction
Issue Date: 2009
Publisher: © Taylor & Francis
Citation: SHORT, C.A., COOK, M.J. and LOMAS, K.J., 2009. Delivery and performance of a low-energy ventilation and cooling strategy. Building Research & Information, 37 (1), pp. 1-30
Abstract: There is an appreciable literature exploring environmental design strategies for low-energy, naturally ventilated and cooled buildings, but less is recorded about their implementation in practice. The commissioning and monitoring of the passive downdraught-cooled UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies (SSEES), London, is reported. The building contractor, his suppliers and subcontractors experienced considerable difficulty in achieving defect-free environmental systems, adversely affecting the practical delivery of the strategy for an extended period. The design team was closely involved throughout this period to assist in establishing a stable controls regime reflecting the design intent. However, this intent was itself modified by feedback provided by monitoring. The widely used professional appointment and construction contracts employed for this project do not envisage the need for such extensive commissioning. However, it is argued here that the new generation of advanced naturally ventilated buildings, much encouraged by policy-makers worldwide, will require just such a comprehensive commissioning exercise to deliver anything like their full designed performance.
Description: This article is restricted access. The article was published in the journal, Building Research & Information [© Taylor and Francis]. It is available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09613210802607841
Version: Closed access
DOI: 10.1080/09613210802607841
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/5270
ISSN: 0961-3218
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