Building Physics and Applied Building Physics - Package

Building Physics and Applied Building Physics - Package

Paperback Wilhelm Ernst & Sohn Verlag fur Architektur und technische Wissenschaften

By (author) Hugo S. L. C. Hens

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Bad experiences with construction quality, the energy crises of 1973 and 1979, complaints about "sick buildings", thermal, acoustical, visual and olfactory discomfort, the need for good air quality, the move towards more sustainability, all have accelerated the development of a field, which until some 40 years ago was hardly more than an academic exercise: building physics. Building physics combines several knowledge domains such as heat and mass transfer, building acoustics, lighting, indoor environmental quality and energy efficiency. In some countries, also fire safety is included. Through the application of existing physical knowledge and the combination with information coming from other disciplines, the field helps to understand the physical phenomena governing assembly, building envelope, whole building and built environment performance, although for the last the wording "urban physics" is used. Building physics has a true impact on performance based building design. As with all engineering sciences, Building Physics is oriented towards application, which is why, after a first book on fundamentals of heat-air-moisture transfer a second book examines performance rationale and performance requirements. Outdoor and indoor climate conditions are described and calculation values are discussed, the performance concept is specified at the building level and at the building envelope level, and heat-air-moisture material properties are defined. The books incorporate 35 years of teaching Building Physics to architectural, building and civil engineers, bolstered by 40 years of experience, research and consultancy.

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Prof. Em. Dr. IR. Hugo S.L.C Hens, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (Belgium), taught Building Physics from 1975 to 2003, Performance Based Building Design from 1970 to 2005 and Building Services from 1975 to 1977 and 1990 to 2008. He has authored and co-authored over 150 articles and conference papers, and written hundreds of reports on building damage cases and their solution. He has been coordinating the international working group CIB W40 on Heat and Mass Transfer in Buildings for ten years. Between 1986 and 2008, he was operating agent of 4 Annexes, initiated by the International Energy Agency's EXCO on Energy Conservation in Buildings and Community Systems: annex 14, annex 24, annex 32 and annex 41. He is a fellow of the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE).

Table of contents

Buidling Phyiscs Preface 0 Introduction 1 Heat Transfer 2 Mass Transfer 3 Combined Heat, Air, Moisture Transfer 4 Postscript 5 Problems, Solutions Applied Buidling Physics PREFACE INTRODUCTION OUTDOOR AND INDOOR CONDITIONS PERFORMANCE METRICS AND ARRAYS FUNCTIONAL REQUIREMENTS AND PERFORMANCES AT THE BUILDING LEVEL HEAT-AIR-MOISTURE PERFORMANCES AT THE ENVELOPE LEVEL HEAT-AIR-MOISTURE MATERIAL PROPERTIES APPENDIX