This is an excellent text on how to measure building ventilation in action. The author has measured and discussed numerous office building ventilation issues over the years, and this text verifies and applies the results to a wide variety of environments. The theory behind building ventilation is simple and elegant, but surprisingly many professionals are unfamiliar with the methods or measurements that support this understanding.
Building Ventilation Theory
The various measurements and methods described in this text ensure that measurement is based on sound principles and can easily be applied to many different situations mechanical ventilation in buildings. It does require a basic understanding of mechanical engineering though, and it would be a good idea to have a working knowledge of ventilation systems before considering this text.
However, if you already have this knowledge, or believe you do, this text should provide you with a solid framework upon which to build your understanding of ventilation.
This book describes the basics of the building ventilation theory and measurement and explains the different techniques for measuring and predicting indoor air flow and humidity. It also describes both positive air pressure and negative air pressure and how they affect indoor air quality.
It also describes the relationship between ventilation and temperature and discusses various reasons why some places will need more ventilation than others. It also describes how the relationship between ventilation and climate affects the office building ventilation measurements used in research.
The book ends by describing the different techniques for estimating and interpreting the results of building ventilation measurements. The data required is not necessarily easy to collect, and the methods used for measurements can be complicated and time-consuming. For this reason, you may not always agree with the final measurements, especially if the results are different from expectations.
This text describes simple and effective ways of ensuring that measurements are based on agreed criteria and that the data you collect can easily be compared to other data sets. With well-illustrated step-by-step explanations, it makes it simple to understand the measurement techniques and their relationships to the environment.