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Energies 2018, 11(3), 638; https://doi.org/10.3390/en11030638

Comparative Analysis of Infrared Thermography and CFD Modelling for Assessing the Thermal Performance of Buildings

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Departamento de Tecnología de la Edificación, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, 28040 Madrid, Spain
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Departamento de Economía Financiera, Contabilidad e Idioma Moderno, Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, 28040 Madrid, Spain
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Received: 16 February 2018 / Revised: 1 March 2018 / Accepted: 12 March 2018 / Published: 13 March 2018
(This article belongs to the Section Sustainable Energy)
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Energy consumption in the building sector has increased significantly in the developed countries over the last decades. For this reason, the new European standards have become stricter in terms of energy saving. This paper establishes a comparison between using infrared thermography for technical building inspection and modelling with Computational Flow Dynamics (CFD) tools for the study of thermal performance of the building. The results show that the use of this type of tools gives a reliable response with the difference in thermal changes lower than 0.5 °C with respect to the data taken in situ. Moreover, these simulators of flow dynamics allow to evaluate the efficiency of proposed measures for energy savings and to obtain a reliable approximation to thermal comfort applying the improvement, deepening in the surface analysis of infrared thermography before performing rehabilitation project. In this research, Predicted Mean Vote Index (PMV) comfort index of 0.7 for a living room and 0.6 for a bedroom were obtained, that corresponds to C class that includes values in the range of −0.7 < PMV < 0.7 according to the standard UNE-EN 7730. View Full-Text
Keywords: Computational Flow Dynamics (CFD analysis); infrared thermography; energy rating; energy rehabilitation; thermal comfort Computational Flow Dynamics (CFD analysis); infrared thermography; energy rating; energy rehabilitation; thermal comfort
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Morón, C.; Saiz, P.; Ferrández, D.; Felices, R. Comparative Analysis of Infrared Thermography and CFD Modelling for Assessing the Thermal Performance of Buildings. Energies 2018, 11, 638.

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