Exploring the feasibility of passive cooling technology in the non-residential building sector over various climatic regions in the United States

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Authors
Deshpande, Devyani S.
Advisor
Grondzik, Walter T.
Issue Date
2010-12-18
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Thesis (M. Arch.)
Department
Department of Architecture
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Abstract

The thesis presents a comprehensive overview of the context and significance of ventilation cooling techniques and their feasibility in the United States. Passive cooling is one of the more architecturally interesting ways by which architects could make buildings energy efficient. There is great interest in passive systems since they can lead to a huge reduction of energy costs and support more sustainable building solutions. A number of ventilation system options are available to fill the need for a lower cost alternative to active [conventional] systems. It is the non-residential sector where energy consumption is of most concern and integrating passive natural ventilation in new non-residential buildings is receiving a lot of attention internationally and the U.S. building industry. Interest in improving air quality by passive ventilation is also increasing.

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