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Transient and Quasi-Steady Thermal Behaviour of a Building Envelope due to Retrofitted Cavity Wall and Ceiling Insulation
Byrne, Aimee; Byrne, Gerard; Davies, Anna; Robinson, Anthony
Accurate understanding of the thermal behaviour of building components is essential for predicting heat-ing or cooling needs and facilitates the implementation of more successful energy saving strategies and retrofits. This paper focuses on a specific measure commonly introduced through the residential energy efficiency retrofit programmes in Ireland–insulation. Traditionally, assessments of the performance of building envelopes have been based on assumed thermal resistances of the materials involved, labora-tory tests and computer modelling. The aim of the present work is to investigate the in situ thermal behaviour of a case study building and its components under transient and quasi-steady environmental conditions, comparing data before and after the fixing of cavity wall and ceiling insulation. The paper concludes by proposing that predicted values of heat loss using standardised assumed material prop-erties of the existing structure do not reflect the actual values achieved in situ for this test case. These values greatly overestimated the impact of the retrofitted insulation on heat loss through the ceiling and wall.
Keyword(s): Retrofit; Energy efficiency; Insulation; Heat flux; Heat flow; Thermal resistance; In situ; Energy Systems; Environmental Engineering; Heat Transfer, Combustion; Other Civil and Environmental Engineering; Other Materials Science and Engineering; Structural Engineering
Publication Date:
2013
Type: Journal article
Peer-Reviewed: Unknown
Institution: Dublin Institute of Technology
Citation(s): Articles
Publisher(s): Dublin Institute of Technology
File Format(s): application/pdf
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