An Earth-to-Air Heat Exchanger (ETAHE) is a low energy cooling and heating technology for buildings. It uses the ground’s thermal storage capacity to dampen ambient air temperature oscillations by delivering outdoor air to indoor through a horizontally bu
The optimization of building thermal performance has traditionally been based on designers’ experience. However, optimization algorithms such as Genetic Algorithms (GA) have lately been used extensively in order to find the optimization configuration of a
The average air tightness of the ventilation ductwork in France is rather poor, corresponding toa 3A class. This is mainly due to air leakage in the fittings. Because of difficulties encounteredduring the implementation as lack of space, access problems or short time to proceed theinstallation, these fittings are not sealed enough, with mastic or adhesive tape.In order to limit this risk of leakage and to limit sealing operations on site, manufacturerspropose components equipped with joints. Some years ago, CETIAT has tested in itslaboratories different kind of such components.
The prediction of air infiltration is very important when simulating a building, due to the couplingaspects of the thermal and ventilation problem. So, the development of codes capable of performingsimple yet precise calculations is of great usefulness. Their utility can even be enlarged if we addsubroutines capable of air quality calculation and automation of some preliminary but necessaryassessments, like local pressure coefficients over the building facades and wind speed profiles.