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Analysis of Natural Cross-Ventilation for Building Environmental Control

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Part of the cSUR-UT Series: Library for Sustainable Urban Regeneration book series (LSUR, volume 3)

An ancient Japanese well-known essayist, named Kenko, a Buddhist priest, wrote the “Essays in Idleness,” which is called “Tsurezure-gusa” in Japanese. Section 55 of these essays says, “ A house should be built with the summer in mind. In winter it is possible to live anywhere, but a badly made house is unbearable when it gets hot.” Even in modern days, this section is often referred to since it eloquently describes the unbearable hot and humid climate of Japanese summer as well as the Japanese housing conditions. In short, the Japanese traditional houses had such characteristics as having long eaves to prevent sunshine of summer from coming into rooms, or being equipped with large open passages with sliding-wooden-doors for cross-ventilation utilization.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Professor Emeritus Department of ArchitectureThe University of TokyoTokyoJapan
  2. 2.Assistant Professor Department of Architecture Graduate School of EngineeringThe University of TokyoTokyoJapan
  3. 3.Project Assistant Professor Department of Architecture Graduate School of EngineeringThe University of TokyoTokyoJapan
  4. 4.Nikken Act DesignTokyoJapan
  5. 5.Nihon Sekkei Inc.TokyoJapan

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