Influence of improvement of air-tightness on energy retrofit of social housing, a case study in a mediterranean climate

In Spain, the residential sector is the third principal source of energy consumption; many of these dwellings are obsolete and do not have optimal conditions of comfort. For this reason, their energy retrofitting means an enormous step towards the energy efficiency. Under the general intervention strategies, the study and analysis of the air-tightness of the building envelope (as measured by the degree of infiltration) is a fundamental factor, because of its impact on energy efficiency, thermal comfort of occupants and indoor air quality.

State of the Art of Non-Residential Buildings Air-tightness and Impact on the Energy Consumption

Starting January 1st, 2013 the French thermal regulation will impose a minimum requirement for residential buildings air-tightness. However, nothing is planed for non-residential building, for two reasons:

The power of quality

Through the experiences gained by building a sufficient number of air-tight buildings, the author will illustrate the ease of detailing and constructing an air tight building. Using parallels to conventional building typologies, the methods of making an air-tight building enveloppe will be explained. The presentation will be divided into following chapters:

1. Precicious building methodology. 

Class C air-tightness: Proven roi in black and white

At the end of 2010, two manufacturers have commissioned an independent engineering firm to carry out a cost-benefit analysis of air-tightness in ventilation. The study report uncovers the clear return of investment in class C air-tight ventilation systems in Belgium.
The study comprises: