Application of software tools for moisture protection of buildings in different climate zones

TitleApplication of software tools for moisture protection of buildings in different climate zones
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2009
AuthorsKrus, Martin, Thierry Stephane Nouidui, and Klaus Sedlbauer
Conference Name6th International Conference on Cold Climate, Heating, Ventilating and Air-Conditioning
Conference LocationSisimiut, Groenland
Abstract

The application of software tools for moisture protection of buildings in different climatic zones is demonstrated in this paper. The basics of the programs are presented together with a typical application for a problem specific for the chosen climatic zone. A 1-D calculation has been performed for tropical climate zone with the improvement of a flat roof in Bangkok as an example. For half timbered buildings, which are common in the temperate zone with the 2-D model an infill insulation and its benefits are demonstrated. Finally the combined appliance of the whole building model and the mould risk prognosis model is shown in detail as a special case for the cold climate zone: In heated buildings of cold climate zones the internal climate with its low relative humidity in wintertime often causes discomfort and health problems for the occupants. In case of using air humidifier the risk of mould growth increases. Instead of an uncontrolled humidifying of the dry air an innovativecontrol system using a thermal bridge, which switches the humidifier off when condensation occurs is presented. To quantify the improvement in the comfort while preventing the risk of mould growth for a typical building comparative calculations of the resulting inner climates and its consequences on comfort have been performed.

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