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Describe what informed your ideas and your outcome? How does your outcome relate to other work in the field? What are the precedent projects?

My ideas were informed by previous research in building architecture that harnesses outdoor environmental conditions for occupant comfort indoors. In this case, even in predominantly cold or hot climates, it is possible to naturally ventilate buildings for a time during the year, i.e. when the outdoor temperature, humidity, wind speeds, noise and air quality are acceptable. Natural ventilation saves energy. However, it can be difficult to determine when the time is right to naturally ventilate. If the window is equipped with the intelligence and mechanisms, it can automatically open and close.

Natural ventilation is more common in Europe. The new PNC building in downtown Pittsburgh, is naturally ventilated on some days. It probably uses a similar technique - intelligent windows.

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