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Global Ecology Center, Stanford, California
Cooling - Passive and Mechanical Strategies

Cooling - Passive Strategies

As part of the building requires a particularly conditioned environment, those portions of the building are not equipped with operable windows. Passive cooling strategies are therefore only possible on the second floor, as can be seen in the section directly below. Cool air is drawn in on the north side of the building, and the natural tendency of the air to heat and rise is enhanced by the provision of high level clerestory windows to assist in exhausing the warm air. The concrete floors provide a sink for excess heat in the internal environment.

Section Showing Ventilation Flow

Cooling - Mechanical Strategies

Radiant cooling in the floor
Diagram of the use of the tubes in the floor for radiant cooling

Night Sky cooling


Roof cooling



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