Measuring thermal performance in steady-state conditions at each stage of a full fabric retrofit to a solid wall dwelling

Farmer, D, Gorse, C, Swan, W, Fitton, R, Brooke-Peat, M, Miles-Shenton, D and Johnston, D 2017, 'Measuring thermal performance in steady-state conditions at each stage of a full fabric retrofit to a solid wall dwelling' , Energy and Buildings .

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Abstract

The methodology used for measuring the thermal performance of fabric retrofit systems which were applied to a solid wall UK Victorian house situated within an environmental chamber is explored in detail. The work describes how steady-state boundary conditions were approximated, then repeated at the Salford Energy House test facility. How established methods of measuring the fabric thermal performance of buildings in situ were adapted to test the effectiveness of retrofit measures within a steady-state environment. The results presented show that steady-state boundary conditions enable the change in fabric heat loss resulting from the retrofit of a whole house or individual element to be measured to a level of accuracy and precision that is unlikely to be achieved in the field. The test environment enabled identification of heat loss phenomena difficult to detect in the field. However, undertaking tests in an environment devoid of wind underestimates the potential reduction in ventilation heat loss resulting from an improvement in airtightness, and hides the susceptibility of retrofit measures to various heat loss mechanisms, such as wind washing. The strengths and weaknesses of the methods employed, the Energy House test facility, and a steady-state environment, for characterising retrofit building fabric thermal performance are demonstrated.

Item Type: Article
Schools: Schools > School of the Built Environment > Centre for Built Environment Sustainability and Transformation (BEST)
Journal or Publication Title: Energy and Buildings
Publisher: Elsevier
ISSN: 0378-7788
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Funders: Saint Gobain
Depositing User: Prof Will Swan
Date Deposited: 02 Oct 2017 11:46
Last Modified: 02 Nov 2017 01:55
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/43894

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