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19 March 2018

What are the Benefits of Natural Ventilation used in Sustainable Design?

In the field of sustainable design, natural ventilation is a useful tool used to regulate temperatures inside a building. The main way it does this is by offering low humidity, good air circulation and moderate temperatures, as an ecologically sound alternative to much less energy efficient fuel-based heating and cooling methods.

MEP Engineers are able to use this method to save building owners considerable amounts of money, as it enables HVAC systems to be deactivated for long periods, when suitable conditions are created using natural ventilation. It is an important part of mechanical services engineering that is able to fully or partially replace traditional mechanical systems and when addressed using building information modelling (BIM), it can reduce both construction and operating costs for the property.

So, how does it work?

During the design phase of a building project, Building Services engineering consultants research the optimum positioning to best utilise the local prevailing winds.There are also other elements of design that must be integrated into the building to fully enable air access throughout, for example, certain large structures, upper skylight windows can be installed to enhance airflow.

Local Climate

The design team will also have to incorporate the local variations in weather conditions, so as to get the right mix of powered and natural sources of ventilation and climate control. Humidity and wind speed are the biggest factors used when making this decision.

At J.V.Tierney Consulting Engineers, Ireland, we are one of the leading exponents of this kind of process that represent the future in the industry.


If you would like to know more about the Benefits of Natural Ventilation and Sustainable Design and what it could do for your next building project, take a look at our website www.jvtierney.ie , where you’ll everything you need to know and a number of examples of our past work. Alternatively, if you’d like a chat with one our expert team, call us now on 01 421 4900.