Sustainable building renovation and refurbishment with applications of Vacuum Insulation Panels
2011 (English)In: SB11 World Sustainable Building Conference: Proceedings Vol. 2, 2011Conference paper (Refereed)
A large part of the available energy in the European Union is used for space heating of houses. This utilized energy presents an economical challenge as well as an environmental problem that ultimately must be dealt with by reducing the thermal losses through the climatic envelope. This reduction however, is intricate due to the spatial constraints in designated living areas and complexities arising from retrofitting of historical and cultural façades of the existing building stock. In light of the aforementioned problems, Vacuum Insulation Panels (VIP) may provide attractive solutions as they employ a thickness about one tenth of the required thickness, when using conventional insulation materials. This study contains a comparative analysis of VIP and traditional insulation materials and several other means of retrofitting in terms of life cycle energy and costs. Particular attention is given to the comparison of exterior and interior applications of VIP and the effects on the thermal bridges at the joints between the external wall and the adjacent floor slabs and balconies.
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IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-52605OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-52605DiVA: diva2:467192
SB11 World Sustainable Building Conference
QC 201201022011-12-192011-12-192016-06-20Bibliographically approved