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Proceedings of SimBuild Conference 2004: 1st conference of IBPSA-USA


The Simulation of Hybrid and Natural Ventilation; Can European Skills & Tools Translate into a North American Context?

Jon W. Hand, Ryan Southall
Energy Systems Research Unit, Univ. of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland
The Martin Centre, Cambridge, Great Britain

Abstract: In Europe clients often ask design teams to consider natural and/or hybrid ventilation schemes. There is a belief among many clients and practitioners that such designs improve comfort and productivity, and organizations such as CIBSE recommend such schemes in preference to full air-conditioning. Importantly, both the tools and knowledge to support such designs can be subcontracted for practices without in-house capabilities. In North America, even in regions where natural ventilation has been used in the past, few people are in a position to quantify the performance of such designs and only recently have analysis facilities begun to be included in tools. Catch-22. Clients have had to go outside North America to source tools and professional skills. The authors have been involved in several such exercises and discuss how the skills and tools needed to support such designs questions might become embedded in North American practice.
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