Effect of 2D modelling of thermal bridges on the energy performance of buildings. Numerical application on the Matisse apartment.

Discusses the accurate evaluation of the effect of thermal bridges on building energy performance using a modelling approach. Sisley software was used first of all to model the heat transfers in the intersections of walls. CLIM 2000 was used to reduce and integrate the models. A comparison was done between these results and the models obtained from thermal regulation values. It appeared that detailed modelling of heat transfers would provide an increased accuracy of around 5% when evaluating the building heat loss.

Crazy like a fox.


Building with straw.


A new technique for measuring airtightness of the building envelope using pulse pressurisation.

A pulse pressurization technique to measure the airtightness of the building envelope is developed. The governing equations are introduced and the procedure for deriving airtightness parameters from the pressure decay curve is shown. Pulse pressurization is supplied using a high-pressure air tank. The pressure decay after pulse pressurization is measured provides the air leakage equation for a test house.

An evaluation guide for performance assessment or air barrier systems.

The National Building Code of Canada (NBC) requires that an "effective" air barrier system be incorporated within the building envelope. Although the NBC addresses the performance characteristics to be considered to demonstrate that an effective air barrier system has been achieved, the NBC does not prescribe any specific test protocols with acceptance criteria to verify compliance of proprietary air barrier systems.