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The benefits of automatic operation and control in passive cooling of buildings

In this study, the energy performance and thermal comfort of three passive cooling methods are investigated for a typical building in four cities in warm climates, as compared to mechanical cooling. They are: venting via windows, solar shading and night cooling via windows, with variations of manual and automatic operation and control. Results show that the energy demand can be substantially reduced by using passive cooling methods without compromising the thermal environment.

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