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The influence of opening windows and doors on the natural ventilation rate of a residential building

Citation:

MARR, D., M. A. MASON, R. B. MOSLEY, AND X. LIU. The influence of opening windows and doors on the natural ventilation rate of a residential building. ASHRAE JOURNAL. American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers, Inc, Atlanta, GA, 18(1-2):195-203, (2012).

Impact/Purpose:

journal article

Description:

An analysis of air exchange rates due to intentional window and door openings in a research test house located in a residential environment is presented. These data inform the development of ventilation rate control strategies as building envelopes are tightened to improve the energy efficiency of residential structures. Common physical processes in the building are evaluated for their ability to alter building air exchange rates through increased natural ventilation. The impact on indoor air quality as related to contaminant concentrations is not considered. Air exchange rates were determined for door opening frequency in addition to several window open areas using multiple zone tracer gas decay measurements. Data analysis shows that window opened area, door opening frequency and indoor to outdoor temperature differences have the greatest affect on air exchange rates out of the measured parameters.

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Record Details:

Record Type: DOCUMENT (JOURNAL/PEER REVIEWED JOURNAL)
Product Published Date: 02/29/2012
Record Last Revised: 06/13/2018
OMB Category: Other
Record ID: 232523

Organization:

U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY

OFFICE OF RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT

NATIONAL RISK MANAGEMENT RESEARCH LABORATORY

AIR POLLUTION PREVENTION AND CONTROL DIVISION

INDOOR ENVIRONMENT MANAGEMENT BRANCH