Submitted by Maria.Kapsalaki on Thu, 03/02/2023 - 12:13
With the constant evolution of the French EP-regulations, good building airtightness has become mandatory to reach required energy performance. More than 60,000 airtightness tests are performed each year since 2015. Each measurement performed by a qualified tester must be recorded in a national database that is therefore growing fast (more than half million in 2020).
Submitted by Maria.Kapsalaki on Mon, 04/15/2019 - 11:51
This paper summarizes the most recent results of the French database of ductwork airtightness. This database was created in 2016. It is fed through measurements performed by qualified testers according to a national scheme regarding ductwork. Measurements are mainly performed in building applying for the Effinergie + label which requires class A for ductwork airtightness. Therefore, results discuss in this paper only apply to the buildings of the database and cannot be generalized to all new buildings in France.
Submitted by Maria.Kapsalaki on Mon, 04/15/2019 - 10:39
The French database of building airtightness has been fed by measurement performed by qualified testers since 2006. In 2015 and 2016, the database was enriched by 63,409 and 65,958 measurements respectively, which is 74% more than in 2014, making the total number of measurements about 215,000. However, residential buildings (multi-family and single dwellings) account for almost all of measurements, only 4% of tests are performed in non-residential buildings. Indeed, since 2013 the French EP-regulation requires a limit for airtightness level for all new dwellings.
Submitted by Maria.Kapsalaki on Thu, 11/23/2017 - 10:48
The modelling framework IAPPEM was redeveloped to predict indoor radon concentrations in dwellings that have undergone an energy retrofit, and have experienced a consequent air tightness change. The framework is flexible, and allows for simulations to be carried out under various pre-retrofit radon concentration levels, multi-zone building geometries, ventilation configurations and retrofit types. However, detailed real-time radon concentration and ventilation data is necessary for model validation, and such data is non-existent in the Irish context.