The Local Ventilation System Coupled with the Indirect Green Façade: A Priliminary Study

The Local Ventilation System Coupled with the Indirect Green Façade: A Priliminary Study

T. Šuklje C. Arkar S. Medved

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Green façades are becoming an important architectural element in an urban environment. Regarding the technology of the installation of green façades, one can distinguish between direct and indirect green façades, living walls and double skin façades with foliage. In addition to aesthetics of green façades, an impact on the outdoor and the indoor comfort has been proven. That is due to changed temperature and air flow conditions at the building envelope boundary. It has been proven that green façades impact lower surface temperatures of a building envelope and enhance thermal insulation properties of a building envelope, thus reducing the energy demand of a building. Based on the results from green façade thermal response research and growing interest in local ventilation systems, one can conclude that there is potential for a free cooling of a building. Therefore, this paper presents the design and the preliminary experimental research of a local ventilation system coupled with an indirect green façade. Based on the experimental work, it has been ascertained that the indirect green façade can impact a 5 K lower inlet air temperature for the local ventilation system compared with the one at the traditional façade.


free cooling, green façade, local ventilation, vertical greenery


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