What is it about?

Wind environment research usually requires lots of comparisons of simulations to study influences on wind environment of building shapes and arrangements. Our research developed a novel methodology that integrates computational fluid dynamics (CFD) simulation and parametric tools. We can now provide accurate and efficient integrated design solutions for wind environmental studies of contemporary buildings. It allows architects to improve their design in the early stage and just in time.

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Why is it important?

Our methodology allows designers and planners to understand the impact of wind around their designs when designing. Typically the designers have to send their designs to wind-engineers to get an analysis. This takes a long time and is expensive. Often the result comes too late, and design decisions are already finalised. It empowers designers to do the right thing while they design and explore options.


It has been an exciting journey to developed this instrument for architects and designers. Now we can offer easy and understandable ways to do wind analysis with tools already readily available for designers. The team had great CFD expertise, architectural and urban design, parametric design, computation and machine learning.

Professor Marc Aurel Schnabel
Xi'an Jiaotong Liverpool University

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This page is a summary of: A novel methodology for architectural wind environment study by integrating CFD simulation, multiple parametric tools and evaluation criteria, Building Simulation, December 2019, Tsinghua University Press,
DOI: 10.1007/s12273-019-0591-8.
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