Document Type

Theses, Masters


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Architecture engineering

Publication Details

Submitted to the School of Architecture, Technical University of Dublin, in fulfilment of the requirements leading to the award of Master of Philosophy May 2019.


Natural ventilation is one of the prime form givers in environmentally responsive architecture – in its detail and its architecturally charged form of stacks and voids. It facilitates our understanding of a response to natural systems – not just in how it responds visually to warm and cool air but also in the adaptive approach to thermal comfort. The purpose of this research is to investigate the impacts and implications of natural ventilation strategies for different typologies of public and commercial buildings. This is with the aim of attempting to define a vocabulary of ventilation techniques and details that are suited to particular categories of buildings within the temperate maritime climate of Europe. The effectiveness of the natural ventilation strategies are investigated through the parameters of energy usage, internal air quality, thermal comfort and operation. Following these, the different architectural responses to the physics of natural ventilation have been examined and in particular in the more detailed responses of differing building types. From this we can start to define appropriate strategies and the formal response of building types to natural ventilation.