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A Comparative Simulation Study of the Thermal Performances of the Building Envelope Wall Materials in the Tropics

Jannat, N, Hussien, A, Abdullah, B and Cotgrave, A (2020) A Comparative Simulation Study of the Thermal Performances of the Building Envelope Wall Materials in the Tropics. Sustainability, 12 (12). ISSN 2071-1050

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Abstract

he building walls which form the major part of the building envelope thermally interact with the changing surrounding environment throughout the day influencing the indoor thermal comfort of the space. This paper aims at assessing in detail the different aspects (thermophysical properties, thickness, exposure to solar heat gain, etc.) of opaque building wall materials affecting the indoor thermal environment and energy efficiency of the buildings in tropical climate (in the summer and winter days) by conducting simplified simulation analysis using the Integrated Environmental Solutions Virtual Environment (IES-VE) program. Besides, the thermal efficiency of a number of selected wall materials with different thermal properties and wall configurations was analysed to determine the most optimal option for the studied climate. This study first developed the conditions for parametric simulation analysis and then addressed selected findings by comparing the thermal responses of the materials to moderate outdoor temperature and energy-saving potential. While energy consumption estimation for a complete operational building is a complex method by which the performance of the wall materials cannot be properly defined, as a result, this simplistic simulation approach can guide the designers to preliminary analyse the different building wall materials in order to select the best thermal efficiency solution.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: 12 Built Environment and Design
Subjects: T Technology > TH Building construction
Divisions: Civil Engineering & Built Environment
Publisher: MDPI AG
Date Deposited: 18 Jun 2020 09:17
Last Modified: 18 Jun 2020 09:17
DOI or Identification number: 10.3390/su12124892
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/13116

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