Sustainable Building

According to the International Energy Agency, the building sector consumes nearly one-third of global final energy consumption (i.e., the sum of consumption by the different end-use: buildings, industry, transport and agriculture), making it responsible for about one-third of total direct and indirect energy-related CO2 emissions.
Sustainable development consists in ensuring future generations to have the same resources that we have today and maintain the desired environmental standards and quality of life.
Urban planning and design methods to achieve sustainability aim to create buildings and areas that are as neutral as possible by reducing their net environmental impact. Sustainable design criteria in the building industry involve topics such as natural ventilation, envelope performance, microclimate and internal air quality.

Cases

Himalayan mountain hut

This study has been commissioned by Sara Gottardo, an architect based in Paris, for an international architectural competition. Participants were asked to submit clever and inventive proposals for a Himalayan Mountain Hut to be positioned along any of the trekking trails in order to provide trekkers safe, comfortable and inviting lodgings, where they and their guides could rest, refuel and, if necessary, wait out troublesome weather.
The project draft by Ms Gottardo proposes concrete, feasible and sustainable solutions in terms of structure transportation and construction, energy supply, water storage and thermal insulation. BuildWind performed simulations of the aerodynamics and heat transfer in order to assess the technical feasibility of the project.

CFD modeling of a displacement ventilation system of an office space

Displacement ventilation is an indoor ventilation approach able to provide a cleaner indoor environment and with less energy consumption than conventional, mixing ventilation.

Applications

Building Aerodynamics

HVAC

Fire and Smoke