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dc.contributor.authorTait, Robert
dc.date.accessioned2011-08-22T22:09:15Z
dc.date.available2011-08-22T22:09:15Z
dc.date.issued2011
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/10652/1659
dc.description.abstractA testing facility has been established on the Unitec campus which allows monitoring of temperatures and humidity levels in a standard 3-bedroom house, operating as a control, to compare with the performance a second house modified with alternative materials or construction techniques. This appears to be very rare for thermal testing, with most experiments being carried out at an elemental level (ie individual materials within a laboratory setting), or in situ on a small section of construction as part of a larger building. A pilot study was completed to ensure that the monitoring process was functioning appropriately, and data collection commenced in December of the first test case, investigating the performance of a high-spec glazing unit to replace standard double-glazing. Initial findings indicate that the high-spec glazing makes a significant improvement in the thermal comfort of the house, which confirms results from laboratory-based materials tests. Monitoring is ongoing, and further analysis will provide more detailed evaluation of the benefits provided by the glazing in terms of year-round temperature performance and any resulting energy savings. In parallel with the physical testing of the house performance, computer simulations have been used to model the theoretical performance, and test the accuracy and ease of use of commonly used environmental modeling software. This part of the project has proven more difficult than expected, and has not yet produced results with the desired accuracy to compare against the monitored data. However, the difficulties experienced have provided an insight into potential problems and improvements that need to be addressed before these systems can be used more widely by practitioners.en_NZ
dc.language.isoenen_NZ
dc.subjectLiving environmenten_NZ
dc.subjectAlternative construction techniquesen_NZ
dc.subjectAlternative construction materialsen_NZ
dc.subjectTemperatureen_NZ
dc.subjectHumidityen_NZ
dc.titleModelling and monitoring the Unitec standard house to improve sustainability and indoor environmental quality.en_NZ
dc.typeOtheren_NZ
dc.rights.holderRobert Taiten_NZ
dc.subject.marsden120202 Building Science and Techniquesen_NZ
dc.identifier.bibliographicCitationTait, R. (2011). Modelling and monitoring the Unitec standard house to improve sustainability and indoor environmental quality. [unpublished Unitec Research Committee Research Report].en_NZ
unitec.institutionUnitec Institute of Technologyen_NZ
unitec.peerreviewedyesen_NZ


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