Wind in Building Environment Design

  • Qingyan Chen
Part of the Alliance for Global Sustainability Bookseries book series (AGSB, volume 9)


Wind can be a building’s “friend” because it can naturally ventilate the building, providing a comfortable and healthy indoor environment, as well as saving energy. Conventional design approaches often ignore opportunities for innovations with wind that could condition buildings at a lower cost, while providing higher air quality and an acceptable thermal-comfort level by means of passive cooling or natural ventilation. Natural ventilation can be used for cooling in the spring and autumn for a moderate climate (e.g., Nashville, TN), the spring for a hot and dry climate (e.g., Phoenix, AZ), the summer for a cold climate (e.g., Portland, ME), and the spring and summer for a mild climate (e.g., Seattle, WA). Natural ventilation can also be used to cool environments in a hot and humid climate during part of the year (e.g., New Orleans, LA) (Lechner 2000).


Wind Speed Computational Fluid Dynamic Wind Tunnel Natural Ventilation Computational Fluid Dynamic Technique 
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