Natural Ventilation

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OVERVIEW

There are three primary reasons to design a building for natural ventilation.

  • Energy savings can be dramatic.

  • Occupant satisfaction is usually very high.

  • Indoor air quality is significantly better.

So why isn’t natural ventilation just a given in every design? It usually has more to do with perception than with physics.

Here you’ll find an in-depth look at the benefits of and barriers to natural ventilation as well as strategies for smart design.

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