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Validated model and study of a rammed earth wall building

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posted on 2004-01-01, 00:00 authored by Peter Alan Taylor, Robert Fuller, Mark LutherMark Luther
A 2100 m2 (GFA) two-storey rammed earth building was built on the Thurgoona campus of Charles Sturt University 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 a thermal model of one of the second-storey offices on the west-end of the building. The simulation software, TRNSYS, has been used to predict office temperatures and comparisons are made between these and measurements made over a typical week in summer. Reasonable agreement has been achieved under most conditions. The model has been used to investigate key building parameters and strategies, including night flushing, to improve the thermal comfort in the office.

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Title of proceedings

ANZSES 2004 : Solar 2004 : Life, the universe and renewables

Event

Australian and New Zealand Solar Energy Society. Conference (42nd : 2004 : Perth, W.A.)

Publisher

Australian and New Zealand Solar Energy Society

Location

Perth, W.A.

Place of publication

[Perth, W.A.]

Start date

2004-11-30

End date

2004-12-03

ISBN-13

9780975065037

ISBN-10

0975065033

Language

eng

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Deakin University gratefully acknowledges permission of the Australian and New Zealand Solar Energy Society to publish these papers

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E1 Full written paper - refereed

Copyright notice

2004, Australian and New Zealand Solar Energy Society

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K Lyon

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