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Bollo, C S and Cole, R J (2019) Decoupling climate-policy objectives and mechanisms to reduce fragmentation. Building Research & Information, 47(02), 219–33.

Bradley, P E (2019) Methodology for the sequence analysis of building stocks. Building Research & Information, 47(02), 141–55.

Ellsworth-Krebs, K, Reid, L and Hunter, C J (2019) Integrated framework of home comfort: relaxation, companionship and control. Building Research & Information, 47(02), 202–18.

Evans, S, Liddiard, R and Steadman, P (2019) Modelling a whole building stock: domestic, non-domestic and mixed use. Building Research & Information, 47(02), 156–72.

Haddad, S, Osmond, P and King, S (2019) Application of adaptive thermal comfort methods for Iranian schoolchildren. Building Research & Information, 47(02), 173–89.

Pelsmakers, S, Croxford, B and Elwell, C (2019) Suspended timber ground floors: measured heat loss compared with models. Building Research & Information, 47(02), 127–40.

  • Type: Journal Article
  • Keywords: housing; performance gap; retrofit; suspended timber ground floors; thermal conductivity; thermal performance; U-value;
  • ISBN/ISSN: 0961-3218
  • URL: https://doi.org/10.1080/09613218.2017.1331315
  • Abstract:
    There are approximately 6.6 million dwellings in the UK built before 1919, predominantly constructed with suspended timber ground floors whose thermal performance has not been extensively investigated. The results are presented from an in-situ heat-flow measuring campaign conducted at 27 locations on a suspended timber ground floor, and the estimated whole-floor U-value compared with modelled results. Findings highlight a significant variability in heat flow, with increased heat loss near the external perimeter. In-situ measured-point U-values ranged from 0.54 ± 0.09 Wm−2 K−1, when away from the external wall perimeter, to nearly four times as high (2.04 ± 0.21 Wm−2 K−1) when near the perimeter. The results highlight the fact that observing only a few measurements is likely to bias any attempts to derive a whole-floor U-value, which was estimated to be 1.04 ± 0.12 Wm−2 K−1 and nearly twice that derived from current models. This raises questions about the validity of using such models in housing stock models to inform retrofit decision-making and space-heating-reduction interventions. If this disparity between models and measurements exists in the wider stock, a reappraisal of the performance of suspended timber ground floors and heat-loss-reduction potential through this element will be required to support the UK’s carbon-emission-reduction targets.

Roberts, C, Bobrova, Y and Marjanovic-Halburd, L (2019) Impacts of energy legislation on organizational motivation: a case study. Building Research & Information, 47(02), 234–44.

Traylor, C, Zhao, W and Tao, Y X (2019) Utilizing modulating-temperature setpoints to save energy and maintain alliesthesia-based comfort. Building Research & Information, 47(02), 190–201.