Thermal performance of a full-scale house model with innovative composite walls in tropical climates: A field investigation

Author(s): Vichan Insuwan, Thanakit Ratanawan, Thanongsak Imjai, Reyes Garcia
Paper category: Proceedings
Book title: International Conference on Sustainable Materials, Systems and Structures (SMSS 2019) Energy Efficient Building Design and Legislation
Editor(s): Marina Bagarić, Ivana Banjad Pečur, Hartwig M. Künzel
ISBN: 978-2-35158-217-6
e-ISBN: 978-2-35158-218-3
Publisher: RILEM Publications SARL
Publication year: 2019
Pages: 117-123
Total Pages: 07
Language: English

Abstract: This paper presents initial results of the thermal performance of a full-scale house constructed with composite walls in Thailand. The one-story 10×7 m house was built using an innovative hybrid composite wall as part of a larger experimental programme that is examining comfort in houses using bioclimatic charts. The study reports the initial 48 hours field measurements included temperature, relative humidity and indoor air movement. Based on the results from the bioclimatic chart (that considers field temperature and relative humidity data), it is found that both temperature and humidity inside the house lie outside the comfort zone during daytime. However, when the air movement is taken into an account, the comfort zone enlarges and the house remains within the comfort zone all time. Long-term monitoring is currently underway to investigate the thermal behaviour of the house for 12 months. This paper contributes towards developing more sustainable solutions for the construction industry in Thailand so as to reduce energy consumption in the housing sector.

Online publication: 2019
Publication type : full_text
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