The thermal behaviour of buildings incorporating single skin tensile membrane structures

Devulder, Thaibult and Wilson, Robin and Chilton, John (2007) The thermal behaviour of buildings incorporating single skin tensile membrane structures. International Journal of Low Carbon Technologies, 2 (2). pp. 195-213. ISSN 1748-1317

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Abstract

Membrane structures and the spaces they enclose offer significant opportunities to reduce energy consumption in buildings and associated carbon emissions. The nature and behaviour of this class of building differs so significantly from that of conventional buildings, it is important that appropriate predictive tools are available to assist in their design. This paper reviews the current
literature on the environmental behaviour of membrane structures, presents new monitoring results obtained from field testing of a full size structure and proposes an approach to modelling the thermal behaviour of the system comprising the environment, a single skin membrane structure and the space it encloses.

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Additional Information:Membrane structures and the spaces they enclose offer significant opportunities to reduce energy consumption in buildings and associated carbon emissions. The nature and behaviour of this class of building differs so significantly from that of conventional buildings, it is important that appropriate predictive tools are available to assist in their design. This paper reviews the current literature on the environmental behaviour of membrane structures, presents new monitoring results obtained from field testing of a full size structure and proposes an approach to modelling the thermal behaviour of the system comprising the environment, a single skin membrane structure and the space it encloses.
Keywords:Environmental building design, tensile membrane structures, simulation tools, heat flow, energy, Energy conservation, comfort
Subjects:J Technologies > J910 Energy Technologies
K Architecture, Building and Planning > K100 Architecture
Divisions:College of Arts > Lincoln School of Architecture
ID Code:1158
Deposited By: Bev Jones
Deposited On:13 Sep 2007
Last Modified:13 Mar 2013 08:25

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