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Natural Ventilation Highlighted In Workshop
July 31, 2007

Natural ventilation has been promoted as a cure-all to reduce cost and energy consumption and to improve indoor air quality and occupant comfort. The reality of natural ventilation, however, is more complicated.

A workshop discussing the design and performance of natural systems will be featured at ASHRAE’s IAQ 2007: Healthy and Sustainable Buildings conference, Baltimore Oct. 14-17.

In the workshop, What’s So Great About Natural Ventilation, Steve Emmerich and Andy Persily, both with the National Institute of Standards and Technology, will discuss how natural ventilation systems relate to existing ventilation, thermal comfort and energy standards, and present experiences in Europe and Asia along with actual performance measurements. Other IAQ 2007 speakers on natural ventilation will join the workshop for a panel discussion on the topic.

The conference addresses what tools and metrics can be used to quantify buildings’ health and sustainability and how indoor air quality can be certified as sustainable. For complete conference information, visit

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