Vertical temperature increase in multi-storey buildings

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Indoor temperature is by measurements stated to rise 0.1 – 0.2°C per storey upwards in multi-storey buildings, despite occupants’ possibility to control the temperature. Due to upward air temperature gradient in rooms there will be a heat transfer through slabs upwards. The size of this depends on
insulation degree of building envelope and slabs and air flow through the building. With a linear mathematical model, considering 1 m² floor area, it is shown how some parameters affect the heat transfer. Starting position for the model is a building in the thermal balance from which deviations are calculated. The model gives, for a basic case, results that agree well with the measured values. The vertical temperature increase, results in lower temperature in lower storeys and higher temperature in upper storeys. Total temperature rise for 4 – 28 storeys are in the range 0.5 – 0.7°C,
which give vertical heat transfer of 0.6 – 1.1 W/m². A better insulated building envelope will increase the vertical temperature deviations. Better insulated slabs between the storeys will decrease the deviations. A building with well insulated envelope should also have well insulated slabs between
storeys to limit the vertical heat transfer and temperature differences between storeys.


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Titel på värdpublikationNSB 2014 : 10th Nordic Symposium on Building Physics,15-19 June 2014 Lund, Sweden
StatusPublished - 2014
Peer review utfördNej
Evenemang10th Nordic Symposium on Building Physics - Lund, Lund, Sverige
Varaktighet: 2014 jun 15 → …


Konferens10th Nordic Symposium on Building Physics
Period2014/06/15 → …


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