Empirical validation data sets for double skin facade models

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During recent years application of double skin facades (DSF) has greatly increased. However, successful application depends heavily on reliable and validated models for simulation of the DSF performance and this in turn requires access to high quality experimental data.

Three sets of accurate empirical data for validation of DSF modeling with building simulation software were produced within the International Energy Agency (IEA) SHCTask 34 / ECBCS Annex 43. This paper describes the full-scale outdoor experimental test facility, the experimental set-up and the measurements procedure.

The empirical data is composed for key-operating modes, i.e. external air curtain mode (summer cooling), thermal insulation mode (all openings are closed) and air pre-heating mode (heating season) and consist of boundary conditions and DSF performance parameters. The DSF performance parameters discussed in the paper are the temperature gradients in the DSF cavity, the mass flow rate in the naturally ventilated cavity and the resulting heating and cooling load.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe First International Conference on Building Energy and Environment
EditorsJunjie Liu, Tengfei Zhang, Zhiqiang(John) Zhai
Number of pages8
PublisherTianjin University and Dalian University of Technology
Publication date2008
ISBN (Electronic)9780981688114
Publication statusPublished - 2008
EventThe International Conference on Building Energy and Environment - Dalian, China
Duration: 13 Jul 200816 Jul 2008
Conference number: 1


ConferenceThe International Conference on Building Energy and Environment


  • Empirical validation
  • Double Skin Façade
  • Data-set

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