Ventilation systems are meant (i) to guarantee good indoor air quality (IAQ) by providing and distributing fresh air to the occupied/breathing zone and (ii) to dilute and remove pollutants emitted by indoor sources. On the other hand, inadequate ventilation rates can induce discomfort issues and excessive energy consumption. This study focuses on the performance assessment of natural ventilation strategies in university classrooms, which are characterized by a high occupancy level and the necessity to provide high levels of comfort to perform intellectual work. The high occupancy level creates challenging conditions both in terms of internal gains and CO2 concentration. This paper presents an experimental performance assessment of four natural ventilation strategies applied to a university classroom: single side ventilation, cross ventilation, stack ventilation with and without window supply. Each strategy is evaluated in terms of thermal comfort and air change rate measurements. Thermal comfort assessment were performed during occupancy period (physical parameter measurements and questionnaires) whereas air change rate measurements, based on tracer gas techniques, were performed during unoccupied periods.

Ventilation rates and thermal comfort assessment in a naturally ventilated classroom

CAUSONE, FRANCESCO;TATTI, ANITA;
2016

Abstract

Ventilation systems are meant (i) to guarantee good indoor air quality (IAQ) by providing and distributing fresh air to the occupied/breathing zone and (ii) to dilute and remove pollutants emitted by indoor sources. On the other hand, inadequate ventilation rates can induce discomfort issues and excessive energy consumption. This study focuses on the performance assessment of natural ventilation strategies in university classrooms, which are characterized by a high occupancy level and the necessity to provide high levels of comfort to perform intellectual work. The high occupancy level creates challenging conditions both in terms of internal gains and CO2 concentration. This paper presents an experimental performance assessment of four natural ventilation strategies applied to a university classroom: single side ventilation, cross ventilation, stack ventilation with and without window supply. Each strategy is evaluated in terms of thermal comfort and air change rate measurements. Thermal comfort assessment were performed during occupancy period (physical parameter measurements and questionnaires) whereas air change rate measurements, based on tracer gas techniques, were performed during unoccupied periods.
Proceedings of: Clima 2016 - 12th REHVA World Congress
87-91606-35-7
Ventilation performance assessment, ventilation strategy, tracer gas, thermal comfort
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