In this course, you’ll study the basics of air movement and how air moves around your building as well as within your building. Using Flow Design, we’ll show you how to visualize airflow around your building and how this visualization can translate to useful design decisions.
If you are interested in taking all 7 individual courses in the High Performance Building Design series, we encourage you to, instead, register for the Building Performance Analysis Certificate, which offers the same 7 courses and will provide you with a certificate of completion.
(Note that this course requires Flow Design, which is currently only available for free through the Student Download Center.)
Just like passive heating, passive cooling is an important strategy for achieving an energy efficient building. Harnessing wind and controlling airflow is a key element for utilizing passive cooling through natural ventilation.
Through a case study example, fundamental theory, quizzes, software exercises, and software documentation, you will learn when wind can be helpful for passive cooling, and when it is considered a nuisance. Furthermore, you’ll learn about strategies you can use to enable and enhance natural ventilation in your building.
Topics covered include building massing and orientation, wind power, natural ventilation, aperture sizing, wind and stack ventilation, Bernoulli’s principle, night purge ventilation, air cooling, indoor air quality, and exterior air flow and pressure patterns for building sites using Flow Design.