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Airtightness assessment of single family houses in Belgium

Jelle Laverge UGent, Marc Delghust UGent, Nathan Van Den Bossche UGent and Arnold Janssens UGent (2014) INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF VENTILATION. 12(4). p.379-389
abstract
Airtight construction lies at the heart of achieving high energy performance in dwellings. But how well does it apply in new construction? This paper presents results from airtightness measurements on 44 randomly selected, standard new built single family houses in Belgium and from 4 case studies including 78 additional measurements. The houses were randomly selected after completion, to assure that standard workmanship was used during construction. Where applicable, the effect of incorporating the attic and garage in the building volume was measured by performing a series of tests in different configurations. The results are compared with those from a previous study in the early 1990's, with a database that was compiled with results from 161 air tightness reports executed on newly built dwellings by private party consultants and with the governmental EPBD-database (1884 measurements). The results show that the mean leakage rate is about 6 ACH(50) for the randomly selected houses and 3 ACH(50) for the houses in the databases. The houses in the databases are measured upon the initiative of the owner. Therefore, the attention to airtight workmanship is substantially higher for these cases than in the randomly selected houses. This clearly demonstrates the difference between 'mainstream' workmanship and results obtained by the 'engaged' market.
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published
subject
keyword
Single family houses, leakage, Dwellings, Airtightness, WOOD-FRAME HOUSES, DETACHED HOUSES, AIR TIGHTNESS
journal title
INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF VENTILATION
volume
12
issue
4
pages
379 - 389
Web of Science type
Article
Web of Science id
000342688900009
JCR category
CONSTRUCTION & BUILDING TECHNOLOGY
JCR impact factor
0.508 (2014)
JCR rank
48/59 (2014)
JCR quartile
4 (2014)
ISSN
1473-3315
language
English
UGent publication?
yes
classification
A1
copyright statement
I have transferred the copyright for this publication to the publisher
id
4215677
handle
http://hdl.handle.net/1854/LU-4215677
date created
2013-12-23 11:47:55
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2016-12-19 15:42:42
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  abstract     = {Airtight construction lies at the heart of achieving high energy performance in dwellings. But how well does it apply in new construction? This paper presents results from airtightness measurements on 44 randomly selected, standard new built single family houses in Belgium and from 4 case studies including 78 additional measurements. The houses were randomly selected after completion, to assure that standard workmanship was used during construction. Where applicable, the effect of incorporating the attic and garage in the building volume was measured by performing a series of tests in different configurations. The results are compared with those from a previous study in the early 1990's, with a database that was compiled with results from 161 air tightness reports executed on newly built dwellings by private party consultants and with the governmental EPBD-database (1884 measurements). The results show that the mean leakage rate is about 6 ACH(50) for the randomly selected houses and 3 ACH(50) for the houses in the databases. The houses in the databases are measured upon the initiative of the owner. Therefore, the attention to airtight workmanship is substantially higher for these cases than in the randomly selected houses. This clearly demonstrates the difference between 'mainstream' workmanship and results obtained by the 'engaged' market.},
  author       = {Laverge, Jelle and Delghust, Marc and Van Den Bossche, Nathan and Janssens, Arnold},
  issn         = {1473-3315},
  journal      = {INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF VENTILATION},
  keyword      = {Single family houses,leakage,Dwellings,Airtightness,WOOD-FRAME HOUSES,DETACHED HOUSES,AIR TIGHTNESS},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {4},
  pages        = {379--389},
  title        = {Airtightness assessment of single family houses in Belgium},
  volume       = {12},
  year         = {2014},
}

Chicago
Laverge, Jelle, Marc Delghust, Nathan Van Den Bossche, and Arnold Janssens. 2014. “Airtightness Assessment of Single Family Houses in Belgium.” International Journal of Ventilation 12 (4): 379–389.
APA
Laverge, J., Delghust, M., Van Den Bossche, N., & Janssens, A. (2014). Airtightness assessment of single family houses in Belgium. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF VENTILATION, 12(4), 379–389.
Vancouver
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Laverge J, Delghust M, Van Den Bossche N, Janssens A. Airtightness assessment of single family houses in Belgium. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF VENTILATION. 2014;12(4):379–89.
MLA
Laverge, Jelle, Marc Delghust, Nathan Van Den Bossche, et al. “Airtightness Assessment of Single Family Houses in Belgium.” INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF VENTILATION 12.4 (2014): 379–389. Print.