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Integrated design solution of a residential structural insulated panel dwelling

Doan, Vinh Thi Thuy (2013)
Ph.D. thesis, University of Birmingham.

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In the transition pathway to low carbon construction, the UK Government affirms the legal commitment of reducing carbon dioxide emissions associated with energy use in buildings. There have been some successes achieved by the use of Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs), a ready insulated and prefabricated product that offers positive benefits in energy efficiency. However, detailed field performance of SIP units are still relatively rare in the UK, and issues related to thermal bridging and other as-built effects on thermal performance coupled to lack of ventilation potential have not been fully assessed.

A systematic post construction evaluation of a SIP based dwelling was conducted by means of analytical verification, thermo-dynamic computer simulation, and field experimental work. Focus throughout was on generating post construction performance data, which have been used to validate and verify models developed in simulation software to understand how gap between design and post construction performance can be closed. Consideration of a SIP based product was particularly important as this solved a number of challenges faced by the UK housing sector, particularly the need for cost effective and energy efficient solutions whose performance under a range of changing conditions or orientations can be predicted.

Type of Work:Ph.D. thesis.
Supervisor(s):Gaterell, Mark
School/Faculty:Colleges (2008 onwards) > College of Engineering & Physical Sciences
Department:School of Civil Engineering
Subjects:TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)
Institution:University of Birmingham
ID Code:4236
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