A new wall characterised by variable thermophysical properties is presented; this characteristic is obtained through the drowning of pipes on the inner and outer surfaces of the wall, hosting a heat carrying fluid pushed by a pump, at the aim of transporting heat in the direction of the thickness of the wall, when desired. The concept of the environment-adaptive wall is described and numerical simulations are implemented to assess the performance of the system, which proved itself particularly quick to react to external solicitations. Beyond the stand-alone computational fluid dynamic analysis, the proposed solution is also tested in an entire construction by means of a dynamic simulation software, in different cities. Results showed that the better performance is obtained in moderate climate environments, especially in the hot season: a reduction even higher than the 50% of the heating and cooling envelope energy losses and gains can be reached, respect to a reference building realised with local state-of the art criteria and subjected to the same operating conditions. The proposed system showed itself less incisive in cold climates.(c) 2022 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

An environment-adaptive wall: concept, implementation and effects on the energy performance of a residential building

Baldinelli G.
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Bianchi F.;Presciutti A.
2022

Abstract

A new wall characterised by variable thermophysical properties is presented; this characteristic is obtained through the drowning of pipes on the inner and outer surfaces of the wall, hosting a heat carrying fluid pushed by a pump, at the aim of transporting heat in the direction of the thickness of the wall, when desired. The concept of the environment-adaptive wall is described and numerical simulations are implemented to assess the performance of the system, which proved itself particularly quick to react to external solicitations. Beyond the stand-alone computational fluid dynamic analysis, the proposed solution is also tested in an entire construction by means of a dynamic simulation software, in different cities. Results showed that the better performance is obtained in moderate climate environments, especially in the hot season: a reduction even higher than the 50% of the heating and cooling envelope energy losses and gains can be reached, respect to a reference building realised with local state-of the art criteria and subjected to the same operating conditions. The proposed system showed itself less incisive in cold climates.(c) 2022 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
2022
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