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


Evaluating the Evolution of Garden Office Typology and Determining Its Performance

Shruti Narayan
Arizona State University, Tempe AZ 85287

Abstract: The paper presents documentation on "Garden Offices" a building typology found in the metropolitan area of Phoenix and evaluates their performance using CFD simulation software (Flovent). This building typology was identified, documented and evaluated using the capability of Flovent, a CFD program to model outdoor thermal comfort. DOE 2 interface eQUEST was also used to explore the feasibility of this typology while comparing it to a conventional office building. The analysis focuses on qualitative and quantitative aspects of Garden Offices. This would include tracing back their conceptual evolution and typifying the climatic control features for use in any hot arid conditions like Phoenix, Arizona. The quantitative objective would be to do a comprehensive analysis using simulation software (DOE-2, Flovent a CFD program); of their performance and to highlight the relationship between this building typology and the urban microclimate they create within the architectural design.
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