Journal article

Impacts of façade openings' geometry on natural ventilation and occupants’ perception: A review

N Izadyar, W Miller, B Rismanchi, V Garcia-Hansen

Building and Environment | Elsevier | Published : 2020


For centuries, natural ventilation (NV) was the smartest technique for conditioning the built environment. However, in modern design, NV has not been utilised to its full potential, especially in high-rise and medium-rise buildings. One of the remaining options is the application of balconies to guide airflow into the space to moderate the indoor ambient, increase thermal comfort, and reduce the need for mechanical ventilation. This article investigates literature reporting the impacts of façade openings, particularly balcony geometry, on NV performance and occupants' perception. It aims to identify to what extent balconies have been considered as an NV strategy and to identify research gaps..

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