Assessment of the double-skin façade passive thermal buffer effect.

Oliver Kinnane, Tom Prendergast

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    Abstract

    Double Skin Façades (DSFs) are becoming increasingly popular architecture for commercial office buildings. Although DSFs are widely accepted to have the capacity to offer significant passive benefits and enable low energy building performance, there remains a paucity of knowledge with regard to their operation. Identification of the most determinant architectural parameters of DSFs is the focus of ongoing research. This paper presents an experimental and simulation study of a DSF installed on a commercial building in Dublin, Ireland. The DSF is south facing and acts to buffer the building from winter heat losses, but risks enhancing over-heating on sunny days. The façade is extensively monitored during winter months. Computational Fluid Dynamic (CFD) models are used to simulate the convective operation of the DSF. This research concludes DSFs as suited for passive, low energy architecture in temperature climates such as Ireland but identifies issues requiring attention in DSF design.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publication30th International PLEA Conference: Sustainable Habitat for Developing Societies – Choosing The Way Forward;
    EditorsRajan Rawal, Sanyogita Manu, Nirmala Khadpekar
    Place of PublicationAhmedabad, India
    PublisherCEPT University Press
    Number of pages8
    ISBN (Electronic)9789383184033
    ISBN (Print)9789383184026
    Publication statusPublished - 2014
    Event30th International PLEA Conference: Sustainable Habitat for Developing Societies - Choosing the Way Forward - Ahmedabad, India
    Duration: 16 Dec 201418 Dec 2014

    Conference

    Conference30th International PLEA Conference: Sustainable Habitat for Developing Societies - Choosing the Way Forward
    Country/TerritoryIndia
    CityAhmedabad
    Period16/12/201418/12/2014

    Bibliographical note

    ISBN Print - Book of Abstracts; ISBN Electronic - E-Book of Proceedings

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