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Improving thermal efficiency in lightweight construction: mass timber as thermal mass


Dewsbury, M, Improving thermal efficiency in lightweight construction: mass timber as thermal mass, Forest and Wood Products Australia, Melbourne, Australia, PNA289-1213a (2016) [Contract Report]

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This research task was established to obtain new data to inform opportunities to further improve the thermal efficiency of light-weight, timber framed, small to medium scaled buildings. The principle task of this project was to complete an empirical study assessing the measured thermal performance of mass-timber. This empirical study, within real buildings, could then be used to corroborate previous published building heating and cooling energy simulations, which had shown significant thermal performance benefit when mass-timber was substituted with standard framed systems, and concrete and clay brick thermal mass systems.

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Item Type:Contract Report
Keywords:thermal mass, mass-timber, house energy rating, empirical validation
Research Division:Built Environment and Design
Research Group:Architecture
Research Field:Architectural science and technology
Objective Division:Energy
Objective Group:Energy efficiency
Objective Field:Residential energy efficiency
UTAS Author:Dewsbury, M (Dr Mark Dewsbury)
ID Code:107057
Year Published:2016
Deposited By:Architecture
Deposited On:2016-03-03
Last Modified:2017-11-13
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