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Air movement studies in a large parish church building.

This paper presents a trial of applying a CFD package into an air movement study in an old English church. The possibility of adopting computational modelling in a complex shaped building has highlighted the problem encountered due to the large difference in scale between thermal elements and building enclosure. The results have demonstrated that there are still significant problems to be overcome in using CFD models in such situations.

Tracking air movement in rooms.

A measurement system is described to record the movement in a room of neutral density balloons or bubbles, and thus the movement of air in that room. It is based on photogrammetric analysis of coincident video recordings made from several view points. Under laboratory conditions, the system was found capable of measuring position to an accuracy of +/-3cm over a range of 8m, andof measuring 3-D velocities to better than +/-0.05 m/s. The system was usable under field conditions, and could be operated in an occupied building. The largest space tested was approximately 30x15x10m.

Air movement in a re-clad medium rise building and its effect on energy usage.

This paper presents the results of a monitoring programme on a medium sized educational building which has had the external walls re-clad. The objective behind the re-cladding was to improve the durability of the building and to improve the thermal performance. The objectives of this work were to establish the viability of the calculation techniques used to simulate the ventilation, thermal and moisture performance of the re-cladding system. The results have shown that there is a good agreement between the methods currently being used and the actual performance.