Simulation study on the effect of insulation on interior structural parts of super high-rise residences

Yupeng Wang, Hiroatsu Fukuda, Akihito Ozaki

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Abstract

We examined the impact of air-conditioning loads (hereinafter referred to as AC loads) on the interior structural parts and the AC-usage patternsof super-high-rise residences. We considered different building orientations, structures, and insulation methods. We used the dynamic simulation software THERB (simulation of the thermal environment of residential buildings). It can estimate the temperature, humidity, sensible temperature, and heating/cooling load for multiple buildings. Super-high-rise residences have more structural components such as pillars and beams than do ordinary apartment buildings. The skeleton is generally made of concrete and steel, which have high thermal-storage capacities. The thermal-storage capacity of super-high-rise residences is considered to have a larger impact on the AC load and thermal comfort than that of ordinary residences. We show that the AC load of super-high-rise units would be reduced by installing insulation on the surfaces of interior walls that are not usually insulated in Japan.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)999-1008
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Environmental Engineering
Volume76
Issue number669
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Nov 1 2011
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Environmental Engineering

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