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Theoretical and Field Study of Air Change in Industrial Buildings

The air leakages can have a large impact on heating needs and thermal comfort in industrial buildings. This is sometimes poorly taken into account, both due to the lack of theoretical approach and knowledge of air tightness.

Ventilation technologies in urban areas.

Includes sections on modelling and control algorithms, equipment and envelope characteristics, ventilation performance and building airtightness, ventilation strategies and pollutant transport, NATVENT - overcoming technical barriers, and cooling and indoor air quality in commercial and public buildings.

The world's leakiest buildings.


Pressure pans: new uses and old fundamentals.

Pressure pans are often misused, and the information they provide can mislead the inexperienced. Bruce Manclark of Delta-T Incorporated (Eugene, Oregon) and Jeffrey Siegel, formerly of Ecotope Incorporated (Seattle, Washington), investigate how mistakes are made, and share their research into one strategy for more accurate pan readings.

Measurements of window air leakage at cold temperatures and impact on annual energy performance of a house.

This study was initiated to determine the extent of cold temperature air leakage from operable windows available in todays marketplace and the impact that this has on the energy consumption of a house. During the heating season, changes in the window's leakage characteristics, as a result of thermal and pressure effects, were to be included. At two laboratories, air-leakage tests down to-30°C were performed on 35 windows, enough to reach some general conclusions about performance.

Swedish duct leakage status.

Describes the development of the Swedish duct tightness guidelines, the "AMA system". The latest version, due in 1998, aims to increase tightness requirements once again by introducing a tightness class D as the standard requirement for larger spiroduct systems. The concern about an increasing part of the Swedish population becoming allergic and asthmatic led to the Swedish Parliament introducing compulsory inspections of ventilation systems in 1990.