Conference Editor

Jianshun Zhang; Edward Bogucz; Cliff Davidson; Elizabeth Krietmeyer

Location

Syracuse, NY

Event Website

http://ibpc2018.org/

Start Date

25-9-2018 3:15 PM

End Date

25-9-2018 5:00 PM

Description

Excessive mould damage was detected in an office building in Northern Europe and thus a renovation need was established. This paper studies a renovation solution using measurements and heat, air & moisture (HAM) modelling. Polyurethane (PUR) foam was used to fill the air gap in masonry while capillary active calcium silicate (CaSi) insulation was used on the interior surface at thermal bridges. During renovation works temperature and relative humidity (t&RH) and heat flux sensors were installed throughout the wall. Nearly 3 years of measurements are presented. Average thermal transmittance (U) of the wall was reduced around 3 times. While the climate was probably not critical during the monitoring, the measured values stayed within hygrothermally safe limits. The paper also compares the measurement data to 2D HAM modelling and discusses the discrepancies. Calibrated models were used to model the wall using real 42-year weather data and give a more thorough assessment of the hygrothermal performance. Although the original wall stayed fairly moist, no performance limits were exceeded and the interior surface became safer in terms of mould risk.

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DOI

https://doi.org/10.14305/ibpc.2018.ps23

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Sep 25th, 3:15 PM Sep 25th, 5:00 PM

Long term measurements and HAM modelling of an interior insulation solution for an office building in cold climate

Syracuse, NY

Excessive mould damage was detected in an office building in Northern Europe and thus a renovation need was established. This paper studies a renovation solution using measurements and heat, air & moisture (HAM) modelling. Polyurethane (PUR) foam was used to fill the air gap in masonry while capillary active calcium silicate (CaSi) insulation was used on the interior surface at thermal bridges. During renovation works temperature and relative humidity (t&RH) and heat flux sensors were installed throughout the wall. Nearly 3 years of measurements are presented. Average thermal transmittance (U) of the wall was reduced around 3 times. While the climate was probably not critical during the monitoring, the measured values stayed within hygrothermally safe limits. The paper also compares the measurement data to 2D HAM modelling and discusses the discrepancies. Calibrated models were used to model the wall using real 42-year weather data and give a more thorough assessment of the hygrothermal performance. Although the original wall stayed fairly moist, no performance limits were exceeded and the interior surface became safer in terms of mould risk.

https://surface.syr.edu/ibpc/2018/posters/23

 

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