MATEC Web Conf.
Volume 282, 20194th Central European Symposium on Building Physics (CESBP 2019)
|Number of page(s)||6|
|Published online||06 September 2019|
Parametric study on the hygrothermal performance of timber frame walls with external airtightness membranes in a temperate maritime climate
1 UCL Institute for Environmental Design and Engineering, 14 Upper Woburn Place, London, WC1H 0NN, United Kingdom
2 UK Centre for Moisture in Buildings (UKCMB), UCL Here East, 8-9 East Bay Lane, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, E15 2GW, UK
* Corresponding author: firstname.lastname@example.org
In recent years, external airtightness membranes have become an option for timber frame wall systems, as they allow high levels of air- and wind-tightness with an easy installation and provide rainwater protection during construction. This opens up the option of removing the internal air and vapour control layer. However, the hygrothermal risks associated to this option could be higher than in conventional construction, because vapour transfer can occur from the indoor environment into the timber frame wall not just via diffusion but also advection. This can lead to moisture accumulation and mould growth risk within the wall structure. This paper presents a parametric study that aims at identifying the moisture risk when external airtightness membranes are installed on a timber frame wall in a temperate maritime climate. The parametric study considered the two-dimensional heat, air and moisture transfer within a timber frame wall. Parameters having higher influence on moisture risk were identified and should be considered when designing robust wall systems.
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