Ezgi Bay, Visiting Assistant Professor at the School of Architecture, has published an article for the Journal of Building Engineering, evaluating natural ventilation strategies for historic buildings in hot and humid climates. The goal of this research was to determine which natural ventilation scenario delivers the most adequate indoor environmental conditions for occupant comfort, preservation of artwork, and preservation of the building using a UNESCO World Heritage Site in San Antonio, Texas, as a case study. This case study was selected for its particularly challenging – hot and humid – conditions in a predominantly cooling-oriented climate. Using three-dimensional Computational Fluid Dynamics and energy modeling, the suitability of natural ventilation for this historically significant site was assessed.
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