• Urban planning for sustainable communities
  • Outdoor ventilation and urban planning: comparative study between climatic measurements and CFD simulation

    ABSTRACT: Natural ventilation is essential to air quality and is one of the main strategies to achieve thermal comfort in urban areas in humid tropical regions, such as the study area in Vitória (Espírito Santo, Brazil). However, the wind is one of the most modified variables with the urbanization process, which makes it essential to understand the impact of […]

  • Sustainability assessment tools
  • Integration of Experimental and Simulation Computer Fluid Dynamics to Improve Natural Ventilation in Buildings for Hygrothermal Comfort and Energy Savings

    ABSTRACT: Buildings consume nearly half the global annual energy use that comes mainly from the burning of fossil fuels, which provokes the emission of greenhouse gasses (GHG), and consequently global warming and climate change, among other consequences. The Fifth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC, 2014) confirms and ratifies the necessity for immediate and sustainable […]

  • Technologies for a sustainable built environment
  • Windows and Facades: Proposal of a Device for Increasing Performance for Natural Ventilation and Daylighting

    ABSTRACT: Buildings energy consumption in Brazil corresponds to about 47% of total consumption. In this respect, facades and windows are elements which influence directly that consumption. Thus, the aim of this work is the study of a device for windows and facades, which operates to increase building energy efficiency, without adding monthly maintenance costs. The proposed Sun-Air-Light device has […]