Research projects Nathan Van Den Bossche

EURECA: Effectively Upscaling the Renovation of Envelopes with a Circular Approach

Flanders has around 1,4 million apartments, more than half of them must be renovated in the short or medium term.

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Imperfections in the building skin: detrimental for the hygrothermal performance?

Although moisture is one of the leading factors for building damage, water infiltration is barely taken into account in the current methods to evaluate a building skin.

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IR Thermography: to a reliable evaluation for the building envelope

Infrared thermography (IRT) is a non-destructive evaluation technique for the building envelope. By the visualisation of surface temperatures, it is possible to detect construction deficiencies e.g. thermal bridges, moisture problems, incomplete insulation of cavity walls etc. in a fast way in-situ.

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IWT Proeftuin renovation Coordination and knowledge platform

Besides the various Proeftuin projects, the Proeftuin includes an overall Coordination and knowledge platform. The knowledge platform is responsible for the coordination and monitoring of the projects, quality assurance and knowledge management. The platform’s overall aim is to create a positive innovation climate for the renovation of houses.

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IWT Proeftuin renovation Research and development project

The purpose of the Proeftuin is to stimulate scalable and reproducible renovation concepts in order to obtain affordable building solutions. Research is being carried out on the basis of real renovation projects. The research unit Building Physics is a partner in three Proeftuin projects.

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Mobble On The Move

Ghent University took part in the Solar Decathlon Europe 2019 competition with the energy-efficient and sustainable concept 'The Mobble'. This is a flexible building block that introduces a new way of building and living and stands for 'Modular Building Block'. The 'Mobble on the move' project is a follow-up to this successful participation, which was awarded with 5 prizes, including the first prize for Engineering & Construction.

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PRO³ Prefab-Renovation Solutions for the tertiary sector

Today, ETICS, cavity-filling and interior insulation are popular renovation measures. However,these methods are typically used on a low-scale level and involves in-situ work.

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Renovation of Historical Facades: The Rescue or the Kiss of Death?

Doctoral dissertation Klaas Calle

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Stochastic hygrothermal performance assessment of heritage constructions in the middle east subjected to climate change effects

Flanders has around 1,4 million apartments, more than half of them must be renovated in the short or medium term.

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TETRA-project Renovatie van KMO-gebouwen

Ghent University is part of the funded research project on retrofitting SME buildings. Within this project specific guidelines will be developed for the renovation of Industrial complexes and offices of SME’s. The consortium consists of Ghent University, Odisee, University of Antwerp, BBRI and KUL. The project is scheduled from 2016 till 2018, and Ghent University will work on the airtightness of building envelope interfaces.

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Thermal retrofits of Heritage buildings

The National Research Council (NRC) Canada is conducting a project on thermal retrofits of important heritage buildings in Ottawa. The Building Physics Group has been invited to collaborate in this project given its expertise in this research domain.

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Three pathways towards carbon neutrality of existing single-family dwellings: what are the tipping points?

With the building sector being a substantial contributor in the European energy use and greenhouse gas emissions, there is a growing awareness of the need to renovate the existing building stock.

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