Apart from regional and yearly climatic variability, considerable variation in snow drifting can result from differences in the aerodynamic characteristics of buildings, orientation of the building to wind, and the aerodynamic influence of nearby structures. Snow drifting can block building entries and obstruct walkways and cause excessive accumulation on adjacent roadways and parking lots and even obstruct fresh air intakes. This can lead to increased pedestrian risk, can increase facilities management and maintenance cost, and can hinder land-use approvals.
Novus uses numerical tools and computer simulation models to evaluate the influence of wind on snow accumulation and drifting on and around buildings. We also provide physical testing for complex snow drifting problems. Working with design teams, we can help minimize the negative effects of snow drifting on and around buildings and other structures.