School of Architecture, Building and Civil Engineering

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Improvements in natural ventilation systems and reduced energy consumption
Improvements in natural ventilation systems and reduced energy consumption

Effective low energy buildings

  • Improvements in natural ventilation systems and reduced energy consumption

Research enabled better design of advanced naturally ventilated buildings, resulting in improved indoor air quality, thermal comfort and energy performance. The work gave confidence to US teams designing other low energy buildings and the development of a new commercial product for improved building energy performance.

Research addressed the barriers to practical, cost-effective, implementation of low energy building solutions and common design flaws that jeopardise effective control and commissioning. Computer simulation also demonstrated 30% energy savings from CO2-based control strategies, resulting in a new controller to optimize systems.

Read more about how we worked with natural ventilation specialists, SE Controls, via a KTP.

Impact

  • Award winning 

    Improvements in the ventilation performance of an award-winning building in the USA

  • Global application 

    A globally applicable low-energy building design strategy

  • Increased confidence 

    Increased confidence in US design teams to produce naturally ventilated buildings

  • New product development 

    A new product range for a UK controls company

  • Increased turnover 

    Increased turnover and expanded capacity to exploit research for innovation and growth.