Designing health and Energy-Efficient Buildings Using Computational Fluid Dynamics

Sponsor: National Science Foundation (NSF)

Dates: 07/2002 - 06/2008


The PI is proposing to develop a new CFD code that will predict the coupled ventilation behavior of indoor and outdoor airspaces, including species (pollutants, chemical agents) transport. She will then couple this with large scale building energy simulation programs (already in existence) that do not contain sophisticated ventilation capabilities except on an energy balance basis. Validation, testing, and optimization of this computation "system" as a design tool is a major part of the proposed effort. Potential impacts include reliable design tools and guidelines for healthy and energy efficient buildings. In addition, the theory can be used to design mitigation strategies for chemical or biological agent attacks, such as determining the best sensing positions for quick responses to agent releases, activation of suitable ventilation systems to create a safe zone for occupants, and provision of suitable means to clean the buildings after an attack. It will also serve to bring architects and engineers more constructively together at the design phase. The education contribution of the research will include two new courses directed at architecture and engineering students in the areas of integrated building systems design and in the use of computational fluid dynamics in building systems design.


  • He, G., Yang, X. and Srebric, J.. "Effects of Source Type and Location on Contaminant Dispersion in a Displacement Ventilated Room," ASHARE Transactions, v.111(1), 2005, p. 646.
  • He, G., Yang, X., and Srebric, J.. "Removal of Contaminants Released from Room Surfaces by Displacement and Mixing Ventilation: Modeling and Validation," Indoor Air: International Journal of Indoor Air, v.15(5), 2005, p. 367.
  • Novoselac, A. and Srebric, J.. "Comparison of Air Exchange Efficiency and Contaminant Removal Effectiveness as IAQ indices," ASHRAE Transactions, v.109(2), 2003, p. 339.
  • Novoselac, A. and Srebric, J.. "A Critical Review on the Performance and Design of Combined Cooled Ceiling and Displacement Ventilation Systems," Energy and Buildings, v.34 (5), 2002, p. 497.
  • Novoselac, A., Burley, B.J. and Srebric, J.. "New Convection Correlations for Cooled Ceiling Panels in Room with Mixed and Stratified Airflow," Int. J. of HVAC&R Research, v.12(2), 2006.
  • Novoselac, A., Burley, B.J., and Srebric, J.. "Development of New and Validation of Existing Convection Correlations for Rooms With Displacement Ventilation Systems," Energy and Buildings, v.38(3), 2006, p. 163.
  • Srebric, J. and Chen, Q.. "An Example of Verification, Validation, and Reporting of Indoor Environment CFD Analyses," ASHRAE Transactions, v.108(2), 2002, p. 185.
  • Srebric, J., Vukovic, V., He, G., and Yang, X.. "CFD Boundary Conditions for Contaminant Dispersion Simulations around Human Occupants in Indoor Environments," Building and Environment, v.43(3), 2008, p. 294.
  • Srebric, J., Yuan, J., and Novoselac, A.. "In-Situ Experimental Validation of a Coupled Multi-zone and CFD Model for Building Contaminant Transport Simulations," ASHRAE Transactions, v.114(1), 2008, p. 273.
  • Vukovic, V., and Srebric, J.. "Application of Neural Networks Trained with Multi-Zone Models for Fast and Accurate Detection of Contaminant Sources in Buildings," ASHRAE Transactions, v.113(2), 2007.
  • Vukovic, V., and Srebric, J.. "Application of Neural Networks Trained with Multi-Zone Models for Fast and Accurate Detection of Contaminant Sources in Buildings," ASHRAE Transactions, v.113(2), 2007, p. 154.
  • Yang, X., Srebric, J., Li, X. and He, G.. "Performance of Three Air Distribution Systems in VOC Removal from an Area Source," Building and Environment, v.39(11), 2004, p. 1289.