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Cooling Buildings in Southern Europe

Using Innovative Ventilation Strategies

European Commission

General Direction TREN Transport and Energy
ENERGIE Programme
contract n NNE/1999/193





The Coolhouse project is a European Commission supported project in the ENERGIE Programme, which tests the viability of alternatives to air conditioning using passive and low energy cooling and ventilating techniques with the aid of computer simulation, before building the proposed designs and monitoring them over the summer period. Possible natural ventilation and cooling strategies originally considered included wind catchers, wind towers, earth tubes, and rock stores. The Coolhouse project aims to demonstrate that such strategies can be low-energy, practical and provide comfortable internal conditions for the occupants. One objective is to provide economic and environmental arguments to justify the cost (life cycle versus capital cost) of the systems and to design and construct systems that are easy to replicate at reasonable cost.


FaberMaunsell - Sustainable Developement Group  European coordinator - London (UK)



SOFTECH Energia Tecnologia Ambiente srl

Torino (I)



National and Kapodestrian University of Athens Athens (Gr)



ALER Pavia

Pavia (I)



L'Aubier de Cybele, La tour de mare

Frejus (F)



Urbanizacao das Furnas

Lisbon (P)





2002 SOFTECH Energia Tecnologia Ambiente