The cost of higher insulation measures in all new house types may be paid for by savings from smaller, simpler and more efficient heating systems. These houses are more comfortable to live in, as well as up to 50% cheaper to heat.
The problem of optimal insulation thicknesses is one of the simplest that can be addressed by energy analysis. The authors begin with a simple analytical approach, and go on to describe detailed numerical work, based in the definition and parameterisation of a standard dwelling. Sensitivity of the results to large uncertainties in embodied energy data and building lifetime are investigated. The first conclusion is that insulation thicknesses in UK buildings are suboptimal in energy terms. This conclusion appears to be robust.
In this paper the energy impact of natural cross ventilation is examined conducting a set of crossventilation experiments in a well insulated apartment of a 5-storey building. The experimental resultscompared with simulation results derived from the combined use of the multizone air flow modelCOMIS and the thermal model Suncode.A 24-hour lasting natural cross ventilation experiment was conducted, to monitor thermal comfortventilation mainly during the day and night time cooling ventilation.