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Panel Discussion on “Passive and Natural Ventilation Design, Construction, Commissioning, and Operation”

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Passive and active natural ventilations systems, in the right climate zone, can be an effective way to reduce mechanical cooling costs in appropriate buildings. These systems have been introduced into educational environments to reduce mechanical cooling and ventilation hours in an effort to reduce building energy use.

While the design concept isn’t new, current construction practices, components, and integration with the building automation system have presented challenges to design & construction teams who aim for long term successful operation of these systems.

The panel discussion will cover design intent, construction, commissioning, and operation of the common components such as connected dampers, operable windows, and mechanical ventilators while reviewing areas of concern, failure, and solutions implemented on specific projects.


  • John M. Herboth, PE, CxA, EMP, BET CP – Northwest Engineering Service, Inc.

    John Herboth is a Sr. Commissioning Project Manager at Northwest Engineering Service Inc. Over the last several years NWESI has been involved with commissioning several natural ventilation systems in education environments where different mechanical, controls, and architectural envelope designs have resulted in challenges and varying degrees of success. Sharing the projects’ successes, failures, and identified best practices with the design and construction community is an obligation so that we can improve outcomes to our clients and the end users, teachers and students.

November 11, 2019
Mon 10:00 AM PST

Duration 1H 0M

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