THE SIMULATION OF HYBRID AND NATURAL VENTILAION; CAN EUROPEAN SKILLS & TOOLS TRANSLATE TO A NORTH AMERICAN CONTEXT?
Jon W. Hand, Ryan Southall
In Europe clients often ask design teams to wnsider natural and/or hybrid ventilation schemes. There is a bc1icf among many clients and practitionl.TS 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 inwhouse capabilities. In North America, even in regions where natural ventilation has been used in the past, few people are in a position to quantity 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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