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Natural Ventilation for the Sustainable Tall Office Buildings of the Future

Ayşin Sev; Görkem Aslan

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    <subfield code="a">&lt;p&gt;Sustainable tall buildings that provide comfortable,&lt;br&gt;
healthy and efficient indoor environments are clearly desirable as the&lt;br&gt;
densification of living and working space for the world&amp;rsquo;s increasing&lt;br&gt;
population proceeds. For environmental concerns, these buildings&lt;br&gt;
must also be energy efficient. One component of these tasks is the&lt;br&gt;
provision of indoor air quality and thermal comfort, which can be&lt;br&gt;
enhanced with natural ventilation by the supply of fresh air. Working&lt;br&gt;
spaces can only be naturally ventilated with connections to the&lt;br&gt;
outdoors utilizing operable windows, double facades, ventilation&lt;br&gt;
stacks, balconies, patios, terraces and skygardens. Large amounts of&lt;br&gt;
fresh air can be provided to the indoor spaces without mechanical&lt;br&gt;
air-conditioning systems, which are widely employed in&lt;br&gt;
contemporary tall buildings.&lt;br&gt;
This paper tends to present the concept of natural ventilation for&lt;br&gt;
sustainable tall office buildings in order to achieve healthy and&lt;br&gt;
comfortable working spaces, as well as energy efficient&lt;br&gt;
environments. Initially the historical evolution of ventilation&lt;br&gt;
strategies for tall buildings is presented, beginning with natural&lt;br&gt;
ventilation and continuing with the introduction of mechanical airconditioning&lt;br&gt;
systems. Then the emergence of natural ventilation due&lt;br&gt;
to the health and environmental concerns in tall buildings is handled,&lt;br&gt;
and the strategies for implementing this strategy are revealed. In the&lt;br&gt;
next section, a number of case studies that utilize this strategy are&lt;br&gt;
investigated. Finally, how tall office buildings can benefit from this&lt;br&gt;
strategy is discussed.&lt;/p&gt;</subfield>
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