Ventilating Rooms (11-18-19)

Wind can effectively support ventilating room and regulating their temperature; gentle movement is an important aspect of biophilic design.  Researchers determined that “wind can increase ventilation rates by as much as 40% above that which is driven by a temperature difference between a room and the outdoors. . . . researchers found that the rate of ventilation depends less on temperature and more on wind. Anyone who has tried to cool down on a hot night by opening the window will no doubt be familiar with how ineffective this is when there is no wind. This is because in many rooms, windows are positioned halfway up the wall, and when they are opened, the warm air near the ceiling can’t easily escape. Without the ‘mixing’ effect provided by the wind, the warm air will stay at the ceiling, unless there is another way for it to escape at the top of the room.” Study results are published in Building and Environment.

“Wind More Effective Than Cold Air at Cooling Rooms Naturally.”  2019.  Press release, University of Cambridge, https://www.cam.ac.uk/research/news/wind-more-effective-than-cold-air-at...