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Enhancing indoor comfort in existing apartment buildings in Athens using natural ventilation

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posted on 06.11.2015, 09:43 authored by Eftychia SpentzouEftychia Spentzou, Malcolm CookMalcolm Cook, Stephen Emmitt
Computer simulation and field studies were conducted to investigate the implementation of natural cooling strategies in existing apartment buildings in Athens; the most typical urban domestic building type of Greece. Thermal performance analysis and airflow modelling in a specific apartment were conducted for the summer period using dynamic building energy simulation tools. The indoor thermal comfort was evaluated with reference to the adaptive thermal comfort theory. Changes to the fenestration and the utilisation of a light shaft, assist the natural cooling of the building and improve the previous single-sided ventilation strategy. Results indicate indoor air quality in the spaces being significantly enhanced, whilst the percentage comfort hours were increased, suggesting a significant reduction of the buildings' cooling demand.



  • Architecture, Building and Civil Engineering

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Proceedings of BS 2013- 13th Conference of International Building Performance Simulation Association


1168 - 1175


SPENTZOU, E., COOK, M. and EMMITT, S., 2013. Enhancing indoor comfort in existing apartment buildings in Athens using natural ventilation. IN: Wurtz, E. (ed.). Proceedings of the 13th International Conference of the International Building Performance Simulation Association, 26th-28th August 2013, Chambéry, France. IBPSA, pp. 1168 - 1175.


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