Energy use and thermal comfort in a rammed earth office building

Taylor, P., Fuller, R. and Luther, M. 2008, Energy use and thermal comfort in a rammed earth office building, Energy and buildings, vol. 40, no. 5, pp. 793-800, doi: 10.1016/j.enbuild.2007.05.013.

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Title Energy use and thermal comfort in a rammed earth office building
Author(s) Taylor, P.
Fuller, R.
Luther, M.ORCID iD for Luther, M.
Journal name Energy and buildings
Volume number 40
Issue number 5
Start page 793
End page 800
Total pages 8
Publisher Elsevier Sequoia S.A
Place of publication Lausanne, Switzerland
Publication date 2008
ISSN 0378-7788
Keyword(s) rammed earth
thermal comfort
office building
Summary A two-storey rammed earth building was built on the Thurgoona Campus of Charles Sturt University in Albury-Wodonga, Australia, in 1999. The building is novel both in the use of materials and equipment for heating and cooling. The climate at Wodonga can be characterised as hot and dry, so the challenge of providing comfortable working conditions with minimal energy consumption is considerable. This paper describes an evaluation of the building in terms of measured thermal comfort and energy use. Measurements, confirmed by a staff questionnaire, found the building was too hot in summer and too cold in winter. Comparison with another office building in the same location found that the rammed earth building used more energy for heating. The thermal performance of three offices in the rammed earth building was investigated further using simulation to predict office temperatures. Comparisons were made with measurements made over typical weeks in summer and winter. The validated model has been used to investigate key building parameters and strategies to improve the thermal comfort and reduce energy consumption in the building. Simulations showed that improvements could be made by design and control strategy changes.
Language eng
DOI 10.1016/j.enbuild.2007.05.013
Field of Research 120202 Building Science and Techniques
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2007, Elsevier B.V.
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