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Thermal Performance Assessment of Flexible Modular Housing Units for Energy Independence Following Disasters

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Energy Division, KCL (Korea Conformity Laboratories), Jincheon 27872, Korea
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Department of Building and Plant Engineering, Hanbat National University, Daejeon 34158, Korea
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Sustainability 2019, 11(20), 5561; https://doi.org/10.3390/su11205561
Received: 19 August 2019 / Revised: 30 September 2019 / Accepted: 1 October 2019 / Published: 9 October 2019
An investigation was conducted into temporary modular housing for use in disaster areas to assess the feasibility of energy independence. Flexible modular units have been proposed as a temporary housing solution in disaster areas, as they can be deployed in combination with energy units across a wide range of environments. A dynamic energy simulation was used to examine the heating/cooling requirements and the potential photovoltaic power generation of such modular housing in an East Asian climate. This was used to assess the potential for energy independence. The building performance was analyzed based on measurements of airtightness, insulation performance, and thermal bridge phenomena taken from mock-up modular housing. According to the wall assembly method, it was confirmed that the airtightness performance was poor. Further investigations explored the possibility of reducing the annual heating/cooling loads by improving the airtightness, which would contribute to greater energy independence. In general, the specific housing needs of different victim groups can easily be satisfied through the application of different modular unit combinations. View Full-Text
Keywords: modular housing; disaster; energy independence; energy load; solar photovoltaic; airtightness modular housing; disaster; energy independence; energy load; solar photovoltaic; airtightness
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Park, B.; Cho, J.; Jeong, Y. Thermal Performance Assessment of Flexible Modular Housing Units for Energy Independence Following Disasters. Sustainability 2019, 11, 5561.

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