Thermal performance of natural airflow window in subtropical and temperate climate zones - A comparative study

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1884-1890
Journal / PublicationEnergy Conversion and Management
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2009


Airflow window is highly useful in conserving building energy, and lessens the comfort problems caused by glazing. In this study, the thermal performance of a natural airflow window was examined through the use of a dynamic model, developed based on the integrated energy balance and airflow networks. The validity of the model was first tested by measured data obtained from a prototype installed at an environmental chamber. The application in the subtropical and temperate climate zones were then examined with the typical weather data of Hong Kong and Beijing. The findings confirmed that the natural airflow window can achieve substantial energy saving in both cities, and the reversible window frame is only required for Beijing, a location with hot summer and cold winter. The space cooling load via fenestration in Hong Kong, a subtropical city, can be reduced to 60% of the commonly used single absorptive glazing. In Beijing, as an example of the temperate climate, this can be reduced to 75% of the commonly used double glazing configuration in the summer period, and the space heat gain can be improved by 46% in the winter period. © 2009 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Research Area(s)

  • Airflow window, Energy performance, Thermal simulation, Ventilated glazing