Cross-ventilation occurs when there are existing breeze paths through a home, from one side to the other. It is an important means of providing natural, low-energy thermal comfort. It may be assisted by external breezes, but is not reliant on them: good cross-ventilation will also occur when the air is still.
Having a floor plan that provides effective and natural breeze paths is the basis for effective cross-ventilation. When used correctly cross ventilation can reduce the need for mechanical cooling and reducing risk of mould, helping to create a healthy, efficient and comfortable home.