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Managing Stack Effect in Tall Buildings

Managing Stack Effect in Tall Buildings

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Duncan Phillips
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Time Commitment:
1 hour
Learning Credits:
Not applicable


This course explores stack effect impacts in tall buildings. Stack effect represents an uncontrolled energy loss and can cause irritating noise, infiltration of humidity or odor, drafts and thermal discomfort, etc. Viewers will have an increased awareness of how to control and manage stack effect through passive strategies. 

Learning Objectives:

  1. Describe the physics of stack effect and what it means for sustainable, efficient building design and occupant comfort.
  2. Discuss how to control the location of the neutral plane, and why this is important for stack effect as well as natural ventilation. 
  3. Articulate the role of the ventilation system in managing stack effect impacts. 
  4. Illustrate methods of controlling stack effect to meet sustainable building and energy reduction goals through the use of case study examples.

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