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Proceedings of Building Simulation 2021: 17th Conference of IBPSA


Distributed sensing for indoor environments: comparing measured and simulated indoor airflow data for complex commercial building interiors

Nick Novelli 1, Mohamed Aly Etman 1, Justin Shultz 2, Anna Dyson 1
1 Yale University, United States of America
2 EYP, United States of America

Abstract: Improved monitoring towards understanding of indoor environmental quality (IEQ) and occupant exposures has become critical for commercial buildings, and a principal public health concern during the current pandemic. Here, we tested IEQ patterns within an industrial factory converted to hybrid spaces for offices, labs, and light manufacturing, serviced by a combination of HVAC, radiant slab, and high-volume, low speed (HVLS) fans. Multi-factor sensors measuring air speed alongside temperature, humidity, and carbon dioxide (CO2) were run in parallel with a computational fluid dynamics (CFD) model, examining multiple boundary conditions to investigate opportunities for HVLS fans to improve workplace safety and well-being.
Keywords: Distributed sensing, Post-occupancy analysis, Thermal comfort, Environmental performance, Airflow
Pages: 2881 - 2888