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Façade apertures optimization: integrating cross-ventilation performance analysis in fluid dynamics simulation

Karagkouni, C; Fatah gen Schieck, A; Tsigkari, M; Chronis, A; (2013) Façade apertures optimization: integrating cross-ventilation performance analysis in fluid dynamics simulation. In: O'Brien, L and Khan, A, (eds.) SimAUD '13 Proceedings of the Symposium on Simulation for Architecture & Urban Design. (pp. pp. 41-48). Society for Computer Simulation International : San Diego, CA. Green open access

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Abstract

Performance-oriented design has as a primary aim to introduce spaces that achieve acceptable levels of human comfort. Wind-induced airflow plays a significant role in the improving occupants' comfort in a building. This paper explores the extent to which simulation of natural airflow can potentially be a contributing parameter in the conception of performance-aware designs. Testing the natural ventilation performance of a pavilion, the study employs Fast Fluid Dynamics simulation. A performance analysis is conducted, whereby an array of automated feedback loops carried out by a genetic algorithm can produce a number of acceptable solutions as regards the optimization of facades' openings. The experimentation conducted proves the ability of the model to yield design instances that fulfill a number of environmental criteria related to airflow and human comfort. In this light, the paper suggests that the aforementioned method can be used as an experimentation platform to influence the direction a designer may take when considering a design proposal.

Type: Proceedings paper
Title: Façade apertures optimization: integrating cross-ventilation performance analysis in fluid dynamics simulation
Event: 2013 SpringSim Spring Simulation Multiconference
Location: San Diego, USA
Dates: 2013-04-07 - 2013-04-10
ISBN-13: 978-1-62748-035-2
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: http://dl.acm.org/ft_gateway.cfm?id=2500020&ftid=1...
Language: English
Additional information: © 2013 The Society for Computer Simulation International. This is the authors' final version of this published article. Winner of the SimAUD'13 Simulation for Architecture and Urban Design Best Paper Award.
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment > The Bartlett School of Architecture
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1388130
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