Bridging the domestic building fabric performance gap

Johnston, D, Farmer, DJ ORCID:, Brooke-Peat, M and Miles-Shenton, D 2016, 'Bridging the domestic building fabric performance gap' , Building Research & Information, 44 (2) , pp. 147-159.

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In the UK, it is recognised that there is often a discrepancy between the measured fabric thermal performance of dwellings as-built and the predicted performance of the same dwellings and that the magnitude of this difference in performance can be quite large. This paper presents the results of a number of in-depth building fabric thermal performance tests that were undertaken on three case study dwellings located on two separate Passivhaus developments in the UK; one masonry cavity and the other two timber-frame. The results from the tests revealed that all of the case study dwellings tested performed very close to that predicted. This is in contrast with other work that has been undertaken regarding the performance of the building fabric, which indicates that a very wide range of performance exists in new build dwellings in the UK, and that the difference between the measured and predicted fabric performance can be greater than 100%. Despite the small nonrandom size of the sample, the results suggest that careful design coupled with the implementation of appropriate quality control systems, such as those required to attain Passivhaus Certification, may be conducive to delivering dwellings that begin to ‘bridge the gap’ between measured and predicted fabric performance.

Item Type: Article
Schools: Schools > School of the Built Environment
Journal or Publication Title: Building Research & Information
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISSN: 0961-3218
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Depositing User: DJ Farmer
Date Deposited: 24 Feb 2020 09:49
Last Modified: 28 Aug 2021 13:08

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