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Wind Comfort in Building Design 1
15 October 2019

Wind Comfort in Building Design 1

When the building you design is complete, the following feedbacks from occupants;

  • Yes amazing architecture design but it was too cold,
  • It’s good in the summer but when the weather gets a little bit cold, it’s not a place to visit, very drafty.
  • Let’s not sit in that restaurant, there is a lot of wind and a pleasant meal is impossible…

While the designers fictionalize spaces where people can socialize with pleasure, the stakeholders aim to establish an economic and sustainable investment opportunity. However, if we do not examine the climate parameters in detail, sustainability will be at risk.

Firstly, according to your possibilities and wishes, your designed building should be carried out terrain study, suitability of infrastructure, topographic analysis, removing the zoning status and climate analysis…The designer starts to elaborate the plan has been created by including other disciplines. Sketches, pre-project, final project, construction documents and resulting sections, plans and visuals, while evaluating every disciplinary requirement according to minimum standards ensures the maturation of the process. Alkazar is involved in this process when deciding on climate related parameters of the design by the architectural team or the contractor. The parameters in this context are the wind and its role in comfort and design.

Wind Comfort in Building Design

Our expertise is the frequency, direction, and percentage distribution of wind data for your project area

The most fundamental issue about the wind is the prevailing directions. This is also possible with our meteorology and climate data analysis team every location for global scale. Essentially, this data forms the basis of all calculations or assumptions to be made. With this data, it is critical that the architectural team decide the orientation of the building with the data. As a result, the discomfort of caused by the prevailing wind in the main leasing area will depress everyone at the end of the project. In the first stage;

  • Surrounding structures,
  • Topography,
  • Utilizing of simulations for the prevailing winds gives the level of comfort in design phase.

Although the need for quick decision-making and maximum utilization of the terrain makes it difficult for the design team and for us, it is important that we have data on what to expect. Thus, if a new design or possibility is available for the area, an overall change may be applied. The scientific reliability of the calculated data and the fact that the results can be visualized in a simple language is an advantage that comes with simulation. Open source or commercial packages can be used for analysis. Nowadays, it is possible to get services by running these softwares in the cloud. But the discourse used in the software world, garbage in garbage out-GiGo, shows its importance at this point. If you do not have in-depth knowledge of building physics and the technical content of the software according to the data you define, your time may be wasted.

Using various flow analysis software, Alkazar examines the designs to provide fast and reliable results. With the architectural group or the investor, the first designs are examined on a mass basis and evaluated how the wind affects comfort on pedestrian level. Increasing population density, especially in cities, is the reason for high-rise buildings in narrow areas. We have also encountered the most recent wind-related discomfort, this kind of settlement located in the entrance areas of the use of high-rise buildings. Our goal is to embody this at the design stage, just one step after the idea, to carry the design to the projected point.

Wind Comfort in Building Design

The only thing that differs from the above two visuals is that the height of one of the buildings is increased. For example, the aim is to show an increase in wind velocity with a change in building height. The growth of red areas around buildings indicates loss of comfort. In projects, all these color distributions are clarified with the wind velocity parameter. For example, if you want to sit at a table with pleasure without flying napkins on the table, it is important that the velocity is not more than 2.5 m/s.

Different building types, requirements, the designer’s mindset is a non-standard output; examining all of these while presenting opportunities, creates more comfortable and sometimes safe place of use. The basic structure positions that affect the comfort in terms of wind are given in the visuals and in general names.

Wind Comfort in Building Design

We are going to talk about the analysis visual of these designs in our blog content in the following days. By including the wind with the scientific basis among the subjects that you have criticized for your design, we can construct what will happen when the building is completed in the first stage… In this manner, we continue to move forward, relying on the benefits of acting together!