At the EcoCentre a high level of natural ventilation is achieved through by using a combination of louvers (ground and ceiling level), casement windows (hinged on the side) and high ceilings, to help move the internal air by convection currents.
The height difference between the two levels of louvers helps air move by convection. Lower pressure is created on the downwind side of the building and air is drawn through interior spaces to create a ventilation flow. These design elements help create comfortable interior temperatures under most conditions with a reduced need for air conditioning and, thus, electrical power.
The EcoCentre also has generous eaves to protect the building and shade the windows so they can be used despite rain etc.