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Albayyaa, H, Hagare, D and Saha, S (2021) Energy conservation assessment of traditional and modern houses in Sydney. Building Research & Information, 49(06), 613–23.

Bae, S, Martin, C S and Asojo, A O (2021) Higher education students’ indoor environmental quality satisfaction benchmark. Building Research & Information, 49(06), 679–94.

Chinazzo, G (2021) Investigating the indoor environmental quality of different workplaces through web-scraping and text-mining of Glassdoor reviews. Building Research & Information, 49(06), 695–713.

Miraj, P, Berawi, M A and Utami, S R (2021) Economic feasibility of green office building: combining life cycle cost analysis and cost–benefit evaluation. Building Research & Information, 49(06), 624–38.

Rodrigues, L, Tubelo, R, Vega Pasos, A, Gonçalves, J C S, Wood, C and Gillott, M (2021) Quantifying airtightness in Brazilian residential buildings with focus on its contribution to thermal comfort. Building Research & Information, 49(06), 639–60.

  • Type: Journal Article
  • Keywords: Airtightness; infiltration; Pulse test; thermal comfort; multifamily residential buildings;
  • ISBN/ISSN: 0961-3218
  • URL: https://doi.org/10.1080/09613218.2020.1825064
  • Abstract:
    Airtightness refers to the amount of air leakage through a building’s envelope. This uncontrolled exchange of air between inside and outside, either infiltration or exfiltration, may lead to thermal discomfort. Nevertheless, little or no attention has been given to airtightness in some countries including Brazil. In Brazil, a range of different strategies are suitable to achieve thermal comfort depending on the several climatic regions. In those regions where winter conditions are noticeable, such as in São Paulo, airtightness is a key parameter, but it has been historically overlooked. In this work, the authors deployed the innovative Pulse test methodology to determine airtightness levels for the first time in Brazil, in the city of São Paulo. Three representative multifamily residential buildings dating from the 1970s, 1980s and 2000s were measured, and the results’ values widely ranged from 1 to 5.7 h−1, at 4 Pa. Next, dynamic building simulations were conducted using measured and representative airtightness values (converted to infiltration) to understand the contribution of this variable on the thermal comfort. The results suggested that up to 9% improvement in the thermal comfort levels could be achieved by adopting 1 h−1 as maximum infiltration, and up to 14% by adopting 0.5 h−1.

Sameer, H and Bringezu, S (2021) Building information modelling application of material, water, and climate footprint analysis. Building Research & Information, 49(06), 593–612.

Sharifi, S, Saman, W, Alemu, A and Boland, J (2021) A proposed long-term thermal comfort scale. Building Research & Information, 49(06), 661–78.