There is nothing new about natural ventilation – Buddist monks thousands of years ago used natural ventilation to allow fresh air to flow through their mountain caves, by channeling air ducts throughout their caves bringing fresh air to flow to the lowest depths.

The Indian Teepee is another example for early development of natural ventilation – being a classic example of a structure employing natural forces to ensure adequate ventilation for the inhabitants – by the provision of a doorway to allow entry of fresh air and a hole at the top to exhaust hot air and moisture.  This was quite a remarkable effort for the time as there was usually a fire burning in the middle of the teepee.

Historic Deepwood Estate in Salem, USA – Having three storeys with a roof attic the home was designed with turret doors and windows these were designed to be left open in the summer months so strong drafts would be drawn up the steep staircase throughout the home and evacuate the attic windows cooling the home throughout due to natural convection flows.

More recently Hall 26 is an exhibition hall in the grounds of the Trade Fair outside Hanover, Germany – the design is a vast structure, a model for energy efficiency incorporating maximum use of light as well as convection currents and the venturi effect to exhaust stale air.  A triumph of design in how it marries these concerns with the structural arrangement and the resulting longitudinal sections matching precisely the profiles needed for natural light and ventilation.

Natural ventilation also called passive ventilation uses natural outside air movement (the ambient air), pressure and temperature differences to both passively cool and ventilate a building without the use of fans and energy using appliances.

Natural ventilation should be incorporated into the build of any structure.  When building any type of building or any home natural ventilation should not be an afterthought, it should be planned for in the design of the building – be part of the building’s design any good architect should be designing homes with natural ventilation being installed in the build.

Therefore designing roof ventilation into the planning of your home with products that have been specifically designed for this purpose would be the smartest thing to do for the health and the comfort of your home.

Universal Tile Ventilators products have been specifically designed to become part of the roof covering giving you both excellent balanced roof ventilation as well as a quality finished product that can hardly be seen, very unobtrusive.

So if you are building, build smart with roof ventilation from Universal Tile Ventilators specified in your plans, you can’t go wrong, efficient quality ventilation that will last as long as your roof or longer and never cost anything to run, you can’t beat that.

Universal Tile Ventilators for tiled roofs and the Smoothline Ventilators for corrugated colorbond roofs.