The ventilation of a Swedish single family house is investigated by means of tracer gas and pressurization techniques. The ventilation flow plays an important role in this house as it enters through a dynamic loft insulation and exits via the crawl space. This design is said to give preheated and clean supply air, warm floors and good energy efficiency. But to meet these promises, it is essential that the air really flows in the intended paths. A single tracer gas technique is used to determine the air flow rates.
Ventilation of the void below suspended timber floors is necessary to prevent dampness, which leads to wet and dry rot. The air flow beneath such a floor has been investigated for a range of ventilator hole positions, using a full-sized test room. The variations in heatlosses with ventilation rate have been measured, for floors with and without insulation. The use of radiation barriers in place of conventional thermal insulation was found to cut down the heat losses significantly at low ventilation rates, but was not so effective at higher rates.