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The impact of ventilation cooling towers on plus energy houses in southern Europe

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posted on 27.03.2017, 10:25 by Francesco Babich, Malcolm Cook, Jan Cremers, Georgios Papachristou
Cooling homes is often important to maintain acceptable internal comfort. This can be achieved by both active and passive solutions. This research focused on passive systems and has examined one hypothesis: that evaporative cooling towers are an important element of plus-energy houses in southern Europe. Refinements to the design of the existing ventilation tower of a Solar Decathlon House developed by the Hochschule für Technik Stuttgart are proposed and tested in eight locations in Greece, Italy, Portugal and Spain using dynamic thermal and computational fluid dynamics simulations in order to predict energy consumption, mean and peak CO2 levels, temperatures, ventilation rates, cooling potential, fresh air distribution, indoor air quality and water consumption of the evaporative cooling system implemented within the tower. Results show that a 50% reduction of the annual energy demand for space cooling to be satisfied by other systems is achieved without compromising the internal comfort.

Funding

This research was financially supported by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) via the London-Loughborough Centre for Doctoral Research in Energy Demand (LoLo).

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  • Architecture, Building and Civil Engineering

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International Journal of Ventilation

Citation

BABICH, F. ...et al., 2017. The impact of ventilation cooling towers on plus energy houses in southern Europe. International Journal of Ventilation, 16(4), pp. 323-344.

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© The Authors. Published by Taylor & Francis

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This work is made available according to the conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution-4.0 Unported Licence (CC BY). Full details of this licence are available at: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

Acceptance date

08/03/2017

Publication date

2017

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This is an Open Access Article. It is published by Taylor and Francis under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 Unported Licence (CC BY). Full details of this licence are available at: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

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1473-3315

eISSN

2044-4044

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en

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