Pedestrian Wind Comfort
The wind environment in urban settings is strongly influenced by its interaction with buildings. Building design and geometry, surrounding structures, landscaping and site exposure all influence wind comfort at the pedestrian level. Depending on the characteristics of the development site, even moderate breezes can be accelerated to speeds that become uncomfortable, or a detriment to the enjoyment and success of outdoor spaces such as patios, restaurants, or recreational areas. In more extreme cases, wind conditions can become unsafe for pedestrians. As a result, an increasing number of municipalities require pedestrian wind assessments as part of land-use permitting and site plan approval.
Novus provides consulting and testing services to help architects, engineers and planners design buildings and plan developments that provide safe and comfortable wind environments. At the design stage, we provide guidance based on decades of consulting experience that is augmented with numerical screening tools and computer simulation models, such as computational fluid dynamics (CFD). In situations with complex wind flow patterns or where severe wind activity is anticipated, wind tunnel testing is used. This allows us to identify potentially problematic wind areas, provide advice regarding the planned development or building design and develop appropriate wind control measures with the owner and their design team.