Study of Geometric Parameters Affecting Night Cooling in Courtyard Houses

H M Khan, G F Lane-Serff, Jonathan Dewsbury

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    A courtyard house has unique climatic features, and this makes it a common design for traditional housing. Attention has returned to such housing due to the energy crisis. However, there is a need to develop an engineering basis for such designs. This paper attempts to study one of the climatic features of this type of house, which is night ventilation. The study uses Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) with a basis on time constants for both day and night. The results show that it needs to balance the openness in a house in such a way as to achieve both a lower solar heat gain and a higher ventilation rate.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationROOMVENT 2014: 13th SCANVAC International Conference on Air Distribution in Rooms
    Place of PublicationSao Paulo, Brazil
    PublisherInstituto de Pesquisas Tecnológicas
    Publication statusPublished - Oct 2015
    EventROOMVENT 2014 - Sao Paulo, Brazil
    Duration: 19 Oct 201422 Oct 2014


    ConferenceROOMVENT 2014
    CitySao Paulo, Brazil


    • Night cooling
    • Courtyard


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