Residential house wall thermal performance

Aldawi, F 2014, Residential house wall thermal performance, Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Aerospace Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering, RMIT University.


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Title Residential house wall thermal performance
Author(s) Aldawi, F
Year 2014
Abstract Rapid urbanisation due to global economic development and population growth necessitate the expansion of cities and towns with new buildings and associated energy requirements. The floor space area and volumetric dimension of modern residential houses are increasing at a constant rate in most developed countries including Australia. Therefore, the energy consumption for ongoing heating and cooling is also increasing. The increasing energy consumption leads to greater greenhouse gas emissions. In household consumption, around 40% of the total energy is used for space heating and cooling. Hence, the reduction of energy use for space heating and cooling is paramount for energy conservation, energy security and reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. A substantial amount of energy required for heating and cooling is lost through the house wall systems. Despite the importance of house wall systems for energy efficiency, little research has been undertaken on energy efficient house wall systems made of combined thermal masses and insulation materials that can be used and adapted for variable climate conditions with minimal design changes and cost. Therefore, the main objective of this research is to undertake a thermal performance study of two house wall systems (one conventional and the other a new design) with single and double glazed windows for variable climate conditions in order to develop an optimal energy efficient house wall system with minimal material modification and cost. Additionally, a thermal performance model for the optimal house wall systems is also to be developed for use in variable climate conditions.

Degree Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Institution RMIT University
School, Department or Centre Aerospace Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering
Keyword(s) Brick veneer house
new house wall
thermal performance
greenhouse gas
thermal mass
insulation material.
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