By Hugo S. L. C. Hens

The power crises of the Seventies, persisting moisture difficulties, proceedings approximately ailing constructions, thermal, visible and olfactory ache, and the flow in the direction of extra sustainability in development building have driven development Physics to the leading edge of establishing innovation. The societal strain to decrease strength intake in structures with no impairing usability acted as a set off to turn on the entire idea of functionality established layout and building. as with any engineering sciences, development Physics is orientated in the direction of program, that's why, after a primary publication on basics this moment quantity examines functionality motive and function standards. open air and indoor weather stipulations are defined and calculation values are mentioned, the functionality thought is targeted on the construction point and on the construction envelope point, and heat-air-moisture fabric houses are defined.
The publication comprises 35 years of training development Physics to architectural, construction and civil engineers, reinforced by means of forty years of expertise, learn and consultancy.

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5] Hens, H. (1975). Theoretical and experimental study of the hygrothermal behaviour of buildingand insulating materials by interstitial condensation and drying, with application on low-sloped roofs. Doctoral thesis, KU-Leuven (in Dutch). 6] Dogniaux, R. (1978). Recueil des données climatologiques exigentielles pour le calcul des gains solaires dans l’habitat et l’estimation de la consommation de l’énergie pour le chauffage des bâtiments. I. (Contract EG) (in French). 7] ISO (1980). Climatologie et industrie du bâtiment.

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Wind-driven rain on buildings, measurement. Numerical modelling and applications. PhD-thesis, K. U. Leuven, 323 p. 33] Anon. (2006). Energy Performance Decree. Text and Addenda (in Dutch). , Sanders, C. (2008). Boundary conditions and whole building HAM analysis. Final report IEA-ECBCS Annex 41 ‘Whole Building Heat, Air, Moisture Response, Vol. 3, ACCO, Leuven, 235 p. 35] ASHRAE (2009). Handbook of Fundamentals. Chapter 27, Climatic Design Information. 36] CD with weather data from K. U. Leuven, Laboratory of Building Physics, 1996–2008.

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