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Designing For Natural Ventilation

  • Use passive or natural ventilation systems where possible
  • Maximising daylight to reduce the need for electric lighting
  • Using blinds and coatings on glazing to reduce summer gains
  • Specifying the most efficient small power equipment
  • Placing high heat-emitting equipment in dedicated areas with separate ventilation, or on the north side where heat gains are easier to overcome
  • Windows to be opened by users where practicable
  • Use a zero ozone depletion potential (ODP) if an air conditioning system has to be used
  • Use reflective materials to minimise the need for cooling
  • Breathing wall construction may provide filtered ventilation for the building