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Heat Recovery in Building Envelopes

Sherman, M.H., Walker, I.S., 2001
load calculation | air leakage | envelope | heat recovery | infiltration | modeling | simulation
Bibliographic info: LBNL - Proceedings of the ASHRAE/DOE/BTECC Thermal Performance of Exterior Envelopes of Buildings VIII, Clearwater Beach, FL.
Languages: English

Infiltration has traditionally been assumed to contribute to the energy load of a building by an amount equal to the product of the infiltration flow rate and the enthalpy difference between inside and outside. Application of such a simple formula may produce an unreasonably high contribution because of heat recovery within the building envelope. Previous laboratory and simulation research has indicated that such heat transfer between the infiltrating air and walls may be substantial. In this study, Computational Fluid Dynamics was used to simulate sensible heat transfer in typical envelope constructions. The results show that the traditional method may over-predict the infiltration energy load by up to 95 percent at low leakage rates. A simplified physical model has been developed and used to predict the infiltration heat recovery based on the Peclet number of the flow and the fraction of the building envelope active in infiltration heat recovery.

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