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Proceedings of BSO Conference 2012: 1st Conference of IBPSA-England


Solar-Assisted Ground Coupling for a Naturally Ventilated School Building

Malcolm Orme, Agnieszka Isanska-Cwiek

Abstract: The use of solar-assisted ground coupling to naturally ventilate a primary school located in the East of England has been investigated in a design study informed by computer modelling. Ground coupling using buried air supply culverts can be used to temper ventilation supply air. This can reduce both heating and cooling requirements for buildings. Simulation results are presented for current and projected 2050 future climates. It is concluded that this strategy shows good potential as a zero energy cooling solution provided an integrated design approach is taken. It is seen to significantly reduce overheating without requiring mechanical ventilation or cooling.
Pages: 124 - 131