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Natural ventilation in urban areas -- potential assessment and optimal façade design (URBVENT)

Objective

Natural ventilation is an energy efficient alternative to air conditioning, adequate for European climate. Its application needs appropriate assessment of pressure and temperature on the façades, and especially designed openings. But the actual methods are either oversimplified or hyper complicated, both inadequate for decision making. As an alternative, soft computing (resulting in systems that adapt themselves, learn and explain their decisions) will be used to model the complex real-world interaction between buildings and urban environment. The design of special façade components, that exploit the surrounding energy potential, will be studied. Knowing the interaction between buildings and their urban environment, a rating methodology of natural ventilation feasibility will be obtained. Research laboratories and industrial companies will develop methodologies that will be then disseminated in 25 European countries.

Funding Scheme

CSC - Cost-sharing contracts

Coordinator

UNIVERSITE DE LA ROCHELLE
Address
Avenue M. Crepeau
17042 La Rochelle
France

Participants (7)

BELGIAN BUILDING RESEARCH INSTITUTE (CSTC/WTCB)
Belgium
Address
21-23,Violetstraat 21-23
1000 Bruxelles
BUILDING RESEARCH ESTABLISHMENT LTD
United Kingdom
Address
Bucknalls Lane
WD25 9XX Garston,watford,herts
Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS)
France
Address
Rue Maurice Audin
69518 Vaulx-en-velin
INSTITUTO DE ENGENHARIA MECANICA
Portugal
Address
Rua Dos Bragas
4050-123 Porto
NATIONAL AND KAPODISTRIAN UNIVERSITY OF ATHENS
Greece
Address
Panepistimioupolis 33, Building Physics V
15784 Zographos, Athens
SULZER INFRA LAB AG
Switzerland
Address
46,Zurcherstrasse 19/15
8401 Winterthur
SWISS FEDERAL INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY LAUSANNE
Switzerland
Address
Batiment Leso, Ecole Polytechnique Federale De Lau
1015 Lausanne