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Proceedings of SimBuild Conference 2008: 3rd conference of IBPSA-USA


CoolVent: A Multizone Airflow and Thermal Analysis Simulator for Natural Ventilation in Buildings

Maria-Alejandra Menchaca-B., Leon Glicksman
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA

Abstract: Understanding the effects of natural ventilation on the comfort levels of a building, during the early stages of its design, can have a considerable positive impact on its final energy consumption. CoolVent is a user-friendly natural ventilation simulation tool that allows visualizing such effects, requiring only the building’s bulk characteristics. Unlike similar programs, it couples multi-zone airflow and thermal analysis to predict zone temperatures and airflow rates. This paper provides an introduction to CoolVent’s interface, its physical model, and typical results. It is expected that the use of simple tools like CoolVent will promote a wider and smarter use of natural ventilation in buildings.
Pages: 132 - 139