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Illustrated Guide to Ventilation released

BSRIA has released the Illustrated Guide to Ventilation BG 2/2009, which covers all forms of ventilation, from windows to mechanical ventilation systems with complex heat recovery systems.

This guide aims to help clients and designers understand the basics of ventilation and the various methods by which buildings can be effectively ventilated.

It also covers the entire ventilation system, from the point of entry into a building, the means by which air is transported around a building, the point of entry into the occupied space, and methods of extracting the air.

Allied subjects that are also covered are:

- Use of thermal mass in order to maintain a steady temperature.
- The growing use of ground-coupled ventilation and thermolabyrinths.
- Buoyancy-driven flow and stack ventilation.
- Night cooling.
- Ways to minimise cooling loads.
- Risks and downsides of natural and mechanical ventilation systems.