Research Projects Building Physics, Construction and Climate Control

Construction nodes in the EPB-regulation - EP-bridge & PAThB2010

Each building has a large number of different construction nodes (e.g. wall-roof junctions) and many of those are unique, being detailed specifically for that building.

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Development of a framework for automatic dynamic building energy simulations

The research group Building Physics and Indoor Climate of HoGent and the research group of Building Physics, Construction and Services of UGent started in 2012 the IWT-TETRA project “Optimisation and cost management of zero-energy social massive and passive houses”, funded by the Institute for the Promotion of Innovations through Science and Technology in Flanders.

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Development of a simulation tool for Duco Ventilation & Sun Control

In 2012 Duco Ventilation & Sun Control looked for support for the integration of its (new) ventilation components in an automatic natural/hybrid ventilation system.

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Doctoral dissertation Jelle Laverge

Design Strategies for Residential Ventilation Systems

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Doctoral dissertation Kim Goethals

Convective heat transfer modelling in offices with night cooling

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Doctoral research IWT Elisa Van Kenhove

Coupled thermodynamic and biologic modeling of Legionella pneumophila proliferation in domestic hot water systems

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ECO-Life

The ECO-Life project demonstrates the development of the zero-carbon social housing neighbourhood “Venning” in Kortrijk ...

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EPB versus real energy use in high-performance houses

How accurately do official energy performance calculations assess the real energy use in high-performance houses? This question was investigated in a statistical study commissioned by the Flemish Energy Agency (VEA), analysing data on 537 dwellings: their building envelope and system characteristics and calculated energy performance reported in the Energy Performance of Buildings (EPB) database, the energy use collected by the energy utilities and socio-demographic and behavioural data from surveys of the inhabitants.

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EPICOOL: revision EPB calculation method cooling and overheating

The EPICOOL-project, funded by the Brussels Institute for Environmental Protection, started in 2009. The project consortium took on the EPB calculation method for cooling and overheating.

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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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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?

Research into a hygrothermal reliable risk analysis

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Retrofit cavity wall insulation (IWT TETRA-project)

Retrofit cavity wall insulation (CWI) has great potential for reducing the energy use in Flemish houses. This is due to the reduced complexity and costs of the procedure compared to interior and exterior retrofit wall insulation and to the vast amount of non-insulated cavity-walls in Flanders.

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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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