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Hygrothermal performance of building envelopes in the tropics under operative conditions: condensation and mould growth risk appraisal

Ali, Maisarah and Oladokun, Majeed and Osman, Samsul Bahrin and Mohd Din, Shamzani Affendy and Ibrahim, mohd sharifuddin and Yusof, Faridah (2015) Hygrothermal performance of building envelopes in the tropics under operative conditions: condensation and mould growth risk appraisal. In: International Conference On Science, Engineering, Built Environment And Social Science (ICSEBS 2015), 24 – 26 Nov 2015, Batu Malang, Indonesia. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

Poor indoor hygrothermal performance increases the risk of indoor moisture problems and deterioration due to mould growth, corrosion and damage to archival materials. Hence, proper control of indoor thermohygric intensity abates indoor moisture and its associated problems. This paper presents the results of envelopes hygrothermal performance assessments in a hot and humid climate building with varying operational profile between adjacent spaces. The case-studied building runs on 24hrs cooling mode in one part against natural and/or mechanical supply-exhaust fan means on the other. In-situ experiments were combined with hygrothermal analytical methods to assess the envelope thermal quality together with the operative conditions against condensation and mould growth risks. The results show that the building is overcooled leading to poor envelope hygrothermal performance with associated condensation and mould growth problems on non-air-conditioned sides of the envelopes. It therefore become imperative to affirm the building envelopes hygrothermal quality as well as operative set-points of the cooling systems before embarking on energy efficiency scheduling of mechanical ventilation systems under mixed operations. Keywords—Hygrothermal Performance, Building Envelopes, Tropics, Operative Conditions, Condensation, Mould Growth Risk Assessment

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Full Paper)
Additional Information: 4627/46207
Uncontrolled Keywords: Hygrothermal Performance,Building Envelopes, Tropics, Operative Conditions, Condensation, Mould Growth Risk Assessmen
Subjects: T Technology > TH Building construction > TH7005 Heating and ventilation
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes: Kulliyyah of Engineering
Kulliyyah of Engineering > Department of Manufacturing and Materials Engineering
Depositing User: Prof Ir Maisarah Ali
Date Deposited: 27 Jan 2016 13:39
Last Modified: 27 Jan 2016 13:39
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/46207

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