How buildings and the atmosphere interact

Professor Janet Barlow is an Urban Meteorologist. One of her research interests is how the dash to make buildings more energy efficient may be neglecting the comfort and performance of the people who work in them.

Janet Balow's Wind Tunnel at the University of Reading

Janet Barlow’s wind tunnel at the University of Reading

Janet argues that The knowledge economy represents about 12% of UK GDP so we need to think about how human beings perform in the buildings we design as well as their efficiency and aesthetics.

Moden building design needs to consider human factors.

Modern building design needs to consider human factors.

This short was filmed in Janet’s wind tunnel lab where she demonstrates how complex wind flow patterns emerge from different building designs.