Air quality and energy considerations in building ventilation

Started: May 2018
Supervisor: Hughes, G.Burridge, H.C

Description of Research

People spend 90% of their time indoors and it is therefore crucial to create a healthy indoor environment with low level pollutant concentration for occupants. Ventilation reduces the concentration of harmful pollutants emitted within a space, but also causes huge amount of energy consumption due to heat loss and air delivery.

In this study, the indoor plant is considered as a new way to improve indoor air quality (IAQ) with their absorbing capacity as a pollutant sink. The interaction of indoor air flow, pollutant source and sink and their impacts on IAQ will be studied using an open source CFD software – OpenFoam, and the energy and economic benefit of these impacts shall be further discussed.


Pu has a BE in Building Environment and Energy Application Engineering in Chongqing University, and an MSc in Built Environment: Environment Design and Engineering in UCL. 

Pu Gong

Pu GongFluid Mechanics Research Student 
Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering 

Imperial College London SW7 2AZ