Reducing Carbon and Improving Thermal Comfort for an Orphan Village in Rural Liberia

Oct 02, 2020

The project presented in this paper tested a variety of strategies and adapted them to the specific program, climate, society, materials, and methods of construction currently available in rural Liberia. The team used a series of computational fluid dynamic (CFD) simulations to assess the best combination of ventilation strategies for thermal comfort. These recommendations were then constructed and tested in the first built prototype, a communal home for orphans on a new eco-village near Buchanan City.

Keywords: Natural Ventilation, Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD), Public Interest Design

Joshua D. Lee (Carnegie Mellon University)
Leila Sai Srinivasan (AECOM)
Presented at: 
2020 AIA/ACSA Intersections Research Conference: CARBON
Published & professionally reviewed by: 
The American Institute of Architects (AIA)
Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA)

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