TRNFLOW: Integration of COMIS into TRNSYS TYPE 56

TRNSYS’ thermal building model, type 56, requires air flows between zones as input values. However, in natural ventilation systems these depend on the wind pressures and the inside and outside temperatures. To account for this situation, a coupling with a

CONSOCLIM a software package to calculate energy consumption of air conditioned buildings, first comparisons with in situ measurements

A simplified tool, called ConsoClim, has been developed for estimating energy consumption of air conditioned buildings and for comparing HVAC and building solutions. Its main aim is to be used at the early stage of the design process. It means that algorithms have been developed to be used with minimum and quite simple inputs that are available in manufacturers' catalogues or can be fixed at typical default values. The aim is to check that building design options and HVAC system choices lead together to an efficient global energy performance.

How demanding is global approach to indoor environmental quality assessment ?

The indoor environmental quality of a building is intended as the thermal, visual, acoustic and indoor air quality performances as a whole, which provide health and comfort for occupants. In architecture, global approach to environmental quality design is necessary. High levels of quality are needed for each aspect, even though design requirements may at times be opposed. In order to determine opportunities and limits of global approach, problems related to visual and acoustic comfort assessment were examined for a baroque church in Italy.

Moisture accumulation in imperfect hydraulic contact building materials

This paper presents the results of a series of specially designed experiments to study moisture transport across bonded or natural contact interfaces between building materials. The results showed that the bonded or natural contact interfaces between aerated concrete and mortar are imperfect hydraulic contact. In addition, all the tested cases were simulated using a numerical model. The results showed that there was good agreement between experimental results and predictions made by the model.

Moisture transport across imperfect hydraulic contact interface - A parametric study

Material properties, water vapor permeability, sorption/suction isotherm and moisture diffusivity, are prerequisite for application of all hygrothermal models. Based on the experimental results and well-determined material properties, a numerical model was validated. This model was then used to analyze the sensitivities of the moisture flow across imperfect hydraulic contact interface with respect to these three material properties.

Numerical modelling of unsteady humidity transport and accumulation in walls

The purpose of the work is the determination of unsteady variation of the moisture content in the walls. The mathematical model is based on humidity transport equations in porous media. The humidity transport takes place as a result of the presence of both moisture content and vapour pressure differences. Using the proposed mathematical model, a computer program was developed in EES (Engineering Equations Solver). Numerical simulations were made for an office room, considering interior walls containing a gypsum board layer.

Moisture transport in building materials with imperfect hydraulic contact interfaces

Based on the experimental results and predictions of a numerical model, the effects of uncertainty in estimation of imperfection of the interface on moisture transport were studied in the present study. It was found that, even though the imperfection of the interface varied with moisture content during the wetting process, the prediction using a constant resistance of the interface was close to that using an actual value.

Study on the super high efficiency ventilation and air conditioning system using only the all fresh air for an office building

In this paper, the normal ventilation system and the concept of all fresh air conditioning and ventilating system are presented. The 2 systems are then compared, with the use of a non-isothermal k-e turbulence model.Results show the wind velocity distribution , the temperature distribution and the Scale for Ventilation Efficiency distribution for each case.Their conclusion is that with the all-fresh air ventilation system, there is a high ventilation efficiency around the occupant zone.