The ventilation laboratory of the School of Architecture comes from the need to improve air comfort and health conditions inside occupied spaces and focuses its investigation four coplanar lines: indoor air quality; outside air renovation; ducts; ventilation due to uncontrolled infiltrations. These lines share a common objective that is to achieve the targets set for improving the conditions of habitability of the occupants.
The research strategy involves analyzing how architectural form contributes to air quality and its distribution in livable spaces. For this purspose, the use of indicators to objectively measure and quantify the suitability of the characteristics and properties of air for occupants of the buildings use is required.
Among the facilities of the ventilation laboratory, there is has an extensive catalog of equipment and means for evaluating the air dynamics and quality both on the inside and the outside of the buildings. The laboratory infrastructure integrates several technical means for the real analysis of air dynamics inside the livable spaces and vertical ducts. Others are able to simulate the air in wide outdoor spaces like urban environments. All the infrastructure isequipped with adequate instrumentation and the best CFD (Computational Fluid Dynamics) computer support for virtual modelling.