Airtightness of Dwellings in Ireland: Design, Workmanship and Control

Sinnott, Derek and Dyer, Mark (2011) Airtightness of Dwellings in Ireland: Design, Workmanship and Control. In: In COBRA 2011 Proc. of the RICS Foundation Construction and Building Research Conference, 12 – 13 September, Salford, Manchester, UK..

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The residential sector accounts for 25% of Ireland' s total energy consumption, of which 60% is used for space heating. As thermal insulatio n standards increase, building air tightness is playing an increasing role in both bui lding energy performance and indoor environmental quality. This paper reports on the re sults of air tightness testing carried out on a small number of dwellings. The paper highl ights the paucity of dwelling airtightness data for Ireland. The results are comp ared to past studies and compliance with the existing standards. While the number of ho uses tested is small they are broadly representative of urban dwellings in Ireland. The s tudy indicates a misconception that newer buildings are more airtight than older buildi ngs. The paper concludes that good design, attention to detail and rigorous controls t hroughout construction is vital to delivering air-tight dwellings.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Departments or Groups: Construction Industry Research & Knowledge Centre > Sustainability
Divisions: School of Engineering > Department of Construction and Civil Engineering
Depositing User: Derek Sinnott
Date Deposited: 28 Aug 2013 13:50
Last Modified: 22 Aug 2016 10:27

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