EDU Headquarters: A New Kind of Ventilation, A New Kind of Experiment
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EDU Headquarters: A New Kind of Ventilation, A New Kind of Experiment

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The way we sense heat is more complex than we like to admit. Thermal comfort standards define what is acceptable in buildings, and these standards evolve as we learn more about thermal sensation. Most people will agree when it is far too hot or far too cold. But in between, it’s harder to predict how people will react. What will they tolerate? What they will they enjoy? Any number of physiological, psychological, cultural and climatic differences could tip the balance.

At first, the purpose of thermal comfort standards was to define a universal range of temperatures that would apply to all people in all buildings in all climates at all times. These standards developed alongside air-conditioning technology and modernist architecture. Together they gave rise to the International Style. But new thermal comfort standards signal a change in approach. They acknowledge important subtleties in thermal sensation, such our tendency to adapt to seasonal changes, or our tendency to tolerate warmer temperatures if we know we can open a window.

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Architects: EDU – Empresa de Desarrollo Urbano de Medellín (Urban Development Company of Medellin)

Thermodynamics: Salmaan Craig

Location: Carrera 49 #44-94, Medellín, Antioquia, Colombia

Area: 3660.0 m2

Project year: 2016
Design Team: Víctor Hugo García Restrepo, Gustavo Andrés Ramírez Mejía, César Augusto Rodríguez Díaz, Catalina Ochoa Rodríguez, Julián Esteban Gómez Carvajal, José Arturo Agudelo, Aurlin Cuesta Serna

Promotion: Empresa de Desarrollo Urbano (EDU) + Alcaldía de Medellín

Technical Design Consultant: Juan Fernando Ocampo Echavarría

Structural design: Rafael Álvarez R., Ramiro Londoño Ángel, Carlos Mario Gómez Rojas

Construction: Constructora Conconcreto

Bioclimatic Consultant: Taller de Ingeniería y Diseño Conconcreto (Concrete Enginerring & Design studio)

Acoustic Consultant: Daniel Duplat

Social Director: Gloria Estela López

Technical Design Intervention: Espacios Diseño Construcción S.A.S.

General Manager EDU: Jaime Bermúdez Mesa (actual), César Augusto Hernández Correa (2016), Margarita Maria Ángel Bernal (2012-2015)



[1] Richard J. de Dear and Gail S. Brager, “Thermal Comfort in Naturally Ventilated Buildings: Revisions to ASHRAE Standard 55,” Energy and Buildings 34, no. 6 (2002): 549–61.

[2] See for yourself here: http://comfort.cbe.berkeley.edu. Choose the “adaptive comfort” method.

[3] See: Andrew Acred and Gary R. Hunt, “Stack Ventilation in Multi-Storey Atrium Buildings: A Dimensionless Design Approach,” Building and Environment 72 (February 2014): 44–52, doi:10.1016/j.buildenv.2013.10.007; Torwong Chenvidyakarn, Buoyancy Effects on Natural Ventilation (Cambridge ; New York: Cambridge University Press, 2013).

[4] The recommended rate for new buildings is usually 10 liters per second per person (depending on the type of activity, and the particular standard)

EDU Headquarters: A New Kind of Ventilation, A New Kind of Experiment

The way we sense heat is more complex than we like to admit. Thermal comfort standards define what is acceptable in buildings, and these standards evolve as we learn more about thermal sensation. Most people will agree when it is far too hot or far too cold. But in between, it’s harder to predict how people will react. What will they tolerate? What they will they enjoy? Any number of physiological, psychological, cultural and climatic differences could tip the balance.

At first, the purpose of thermal comfort standards was to define a universal range of temperatures that would apply to all people in all buildings in all climates at all times. These standards developed alongside air-conditioning technology and modernist architecture. Together they gave rise to the International Style. But new thermal comfort standards signal a change in approach. They acknowledge important subtleties in thermal sensation, such our tendency to adapt to seasonal changes, or our tendency to tolerate warmer temperatures if we know we can open a window[1].

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Architects: EDU – Empresa de Desarrollo Urbano de Medellín (Urban Development Company of Medellin)

Thermodynamics: Salmaan Craig

Location: Carrera 49 #44-94, Medellín, Antioquia, Colombia

Area: 3660.0 m2

Project year: 2016

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