( Latest update: 12th May 2022 )
Improve The Natural Vent In Residential Buildings
There are many solutions to enhance the vent of households: #NaturalVent relies on windows, ventilators, and balanced draft. The principle of natural ventilation is based on the stack effect without any electric ventilators. It is also called passive cooling. It could be accomplished by thoughtful windows and doors location, direction, and dimension.
To make sure that the environment is in a great natural vent. It is crucial that is there any high-level window for the heat going out of the house? Are the residents open those windows regularly? In areas where the four seasons are distinct, the windows play an essential role in cooling the house in the summer and keeping it warm in the winter.
The Automatic Window Openers on the high-level windows will be more accessible for people to open these windows. The electric window actuators can adjust the opening range slightly according to the weather. The products can increase the window usage frequency.
Cocoon House embraced with rain, wind, and daylight
In Taiwan, the density of the population is very high. Most people live in apartments. Few people are living in old townhouses from their families. They will renovate the townhouses to enjoy ample living space. Cocoon House is a fantastic renovation of old buildings in Vietnam.
Landmak Architecture renovated this building in 2016. Regarding there are many regulations about renovating old houses. They added a kitchen at the back, and the space was built with a roof as a terrace for the master bedroom on the second floor. The old balconies at both ends of the house were skinned with ventilation brick blocks. Inside this skin, space was left for rain, wind, and sunlight to shine through. The idea of a cocoon was born, where there is still access to nature but filtered through the security factor.
5 Simple Tips To Enhance The Natural Ventilation When Designing A New Home
Cover pavements and surrounding grounds with grass or other low heat-absorbing materials. By opting for grass, for example, the heat retained in the ground is very minimal. It will significantly help to direct cool air inside your home or building.
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Earth mounds are a fantastic biomimicry example that derives their air circulation concepts from insect mounds and black-tailed prairie dogs. They are great to add as a part of your home/garden/yard landscape to help aid air circulation, especially in the summer months.
Like in many oriental landscapes and home designs, water is a crucial element. Fountains, pools, or swimming can act as transition spaces where the air is naturally cooled before passing through interiors.
Wicker Or Bamboo Furnishings
These materials can encourage good airflow due to their airy construction and low heat retention. Wicker and bamboo are ideal for the outdoors but also work great indoors.
Frequent Opening Of Windows
It may seem like a no-brainer, but many people rarely open windows in their homes from noise, dust, or safety concerns. The windows have reduced the need for electric fans or other cooling systems depending on where you live. Fresh air can also improve indoor air quality.
5 Tips For Planning The Location Of Windows To Improve The Natural Ventilation
The Height Of Windows
Installing windows at least 3.6 feet high helps indoor air movement and reduces the heat load on ceilings.
Windows Near The Wind/Air deflectors
The design can be located either horizontally or vertically. It is for redirecting airflow. The windows can be overhangs, jalousies, or slats and should be placed on a higher level to redirect airflow.
A house with attic vent_Automatic Window Openers based on KST-C01 chain actuators
A temple with attic vent_Automatic Window Openers based on KST-A01 linear actuators
A cottage show room in a university_Automatic Window Openers based on KST-C01 chain actuators
Clerestories/ High-level Windows
Clerestories are not only provided natural illumination but can also improve air movement. Since hot air is known to go upward, a clerestory can act as a vent and space for the hot air to accumulate. With the help of electric window openers, people can operate those high windows that you couldn’t reach.
The Opening Orientation Of Windows
Usually, the windows will be better placed in the north and south areas for optimum cross-ventilation unless it hinders aesthetic views. The design encourages the natural breeze and draws good airflow into interiors, especially during the summer months.
Incorporate courts, balconies, atriums, and other open spaces that encourage airflow. The advantages of natural ventilation are compelling. The energy costs are dramatically lowered, air quality is improved, and chemical substances released by air conditioners or other mechanical devices are minimized. Overall, using natural ventilation in your home can have a tremendous positive impact on its occupants, the building itself, and the environment.
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