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Application of a Natural Ventilation System Design Tool To A School Building



Steven J. Emmerich, William S. Dols, Brian J. Polidoro


A software tool to aid in the design of natural ventilation systems has recently been udpated. This update implements a general method for sizing of natural ventilation components, which allows direct consideration of stack and wind-driven airflow. The tool assists the designer in performing the following steps in developing the natural ventilation system design including: establishing the global geometry and topology of zones and interconnecting flow paths, establishing design conditions, setting up and solving the representative loop equations based on the “design” form of the airflow components, and analyzing operation under a variety of conditions. This paper describes the tool and provides an example of its application to the design of a naturally ventilated school building.
Proceedings Title
Sim Build 2012 Conference
Conference Dates
August 1-3, 2012
Conference Location
Madison, WI
Conference Title
The Madison Concourge Hotel


airflow analysis, building energy, building technology, computer program, design tool, indoor air quality, multizone analysis, natural ventilation, simulation


Emmerich, S. , Dols, W. and Polidoro, B. (2013), Application of a Natural Ventilation System Design Tool To A School Building, Sim Build 2012 Conference, Madison, WI, [online], (Accessed June 21, 2024)


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Created November 8, 2013, Updated June 2, 2021