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A Simulation Method for Measuring Building Physics Properties

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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of Building Simulation 2019: 16th Conference of IBPSA
PublisherInternational Building Performance Association (IBPSA)
Number of pages8
ISBN (Print)9781775052012
Publication statusPublished - 4 Sep 2019
Event16th Conference of the International Building Performance Simulation Association - Rome, Italy
Duration: 2 Sep 20194 Sep 2019


Conference16th Conference of the International Building Performance Simulation Association
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Designing building energy performance with confidencerequires accurate information on the properties ofbuilding materials and on assemblies of these materials.However, thermal properties of the building in use arerarely compared to manufacturers’ specifications. Theapproach reported in this paper determines buildingthermal properties using simulations of dynamic heatingtests. It replaces the need for physical tests with the actualbuildings, by conducting these tests with calibratedsimulation models using data from energy performancemonitoring of that building during its normal operation.The resultant method represents a tool for establishingphysics properties of buildings in use before and afterretrofit, and facilitates quality control of retrofit projects.The results pinpoint major discrepancies betweentheoretical and actual thermal properties before and afterthe retrofit, giving practical guidance for safety marginsin relation to technical specifications of building materialproperties and re-evaluation of corresponding technicalspecifications

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