Bring the Outside Inside: Using the Outdoors to Create Indoor Comfort

Learn design strategies for overcoming deficiencies in free-cooling approaches to use exterior thermal resources for energy efficiency and comfort.


One of the basic precepts of climate-responsive building design is to use available free environmental resources to maintain comfort inside the building. Natural ventilation through operable windows, while aesthetically pleasing and free of energy requirements has limitations, including a limited range of exterior thermal conditions in which it is effective, reduced acoustic separation, and increased indoor particulate air pollution. This presentation will describe for you design strategies that overcome these deficiencies better to make use of the exterior thermal resource for energy efficiency and comfort. It will feature systems and designs that use these strategies and present implementation case studies.

Learning objectives

  • Categorize available outdoor thermal environmental resources based upon the needs of the project and the local climate.
  • Recognize advantages and disadvantages of conventional free-cooling strategies for the project and the local climate.
  • Select appropriate analysis tools that can evaluate the effectiveness of the selected strategies.
  • Apply appropriate free-cooling strategies to improve energy efficiency and indoor environmental quality.
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Course details

Contents: Video, quiz, evaluation

Expiration: One year after purchase

Duration: 1:00

Passing Score: 80% on quiz