Integrating vacuum insulation panels in building constructions: an integral perspective
2007 (English)In: Journal of Construction Innovation, ISSN 1471-4175, Vol. 7, no 1, 38-53 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Purpose – Although vacuum insulation panels (VIPs) are thermal insulators that combine high thermal performance with limited thickness, application in the building sector is still rare due to lack of scientific knowledge on the behaviour of these panels applied in building constructions.This paper, therefore, seeks to give an overview of the requirements for and the behaviour of VIPs integrated into building components and constructions. Moreover, the interaction between different requirements on and properties of these integrated components are discussed in detail, since a desired high quality of the finished product demands an integral approach regarding all properties and requirements, especially during the design phase. Therefore, the importance of an integral design approach to application of VIPs is shown and emphasized in this paper. Design/methodology/approach – To achieve this objective, the legally and technically required properties of VIPs and especially their interrelationships have been studied, resulting in a relationship diagram. Based on these investigations of thermal- , service life- and structural-properties have been selected to be studied more elaborately using experimental set-up for structural testing and simulation software for thermal and hygrothermal testing. Findings – Two relationships between requirements or properties were found to be of principal importance for the design of fac¸ade components in which VIPs are integrated. First, thermal performance requirements strongly interact with structural performance, principally through the edge spacer of this fac¸ade component. A high thermal performance requires minimization of the thermal edge effect, in most cases reducing the structural performance of the entire panel. Second, an important relationship between thermal performance and service life has been recognised. The operating phenomenon mainly governing this interaction is thermal conductivity aging. Originality/value – Most research in the field of vacuum insulation until now has been directed towards gaining knowledge on specific properties of the product, especially on thermal and hygrothermal properties. The relationships and interactions between these properties and the structural behaviour, however, have been neglected. This paper, therefore, addresses the need for an integral design (and study) approach for the application of VIPs in architectural constructions.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2007. Vol. 7, no 1, 38-53 p.
Vacuum devices, Integration, Building specifications, Thermal efficiency, Structural design
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-6257DOI: 10.1108/14714170710721287OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-6257DiVA: diva2:10923
QC 20101125. Uppdaterad från Accepted till Published (20101125).2003-10-182003-10-182012-02-28Bibliographically approved