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Thermal performance of single-story air-welled terraced house in malaysia: A field measurement approach

Leng, Pau Chung and Ling, Gabriel Hoh Teck and Ahmad, Mohd. Hamdan and Ossen, Dilshan Remaz and Aminudin, Eeydzah and Chan, Weng Howe and Tawasil, Dg. Normaswanna (2021) Thermal performance of single-story air-welled terraced house in malaysia: A field measurement approach. Sustainability (Switzerland), 13 (1). pp. 1-23. ISSN 2071-1050


Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/su13010201


The provision requirement of 10% openings of the total floor area stated in the Uniform Building By-Law 1984 Malaysia is essential for natural lighting and ventilation purposes. However, focusing on natural ventilation, the effectiveness of thermal performance in landed residential buildings has never been empirically measured and proven, as most of the research emphasized simulation modeling lacking sufficient empirical validation. Therefore, this paper drawing on field measurement investigates natural ventilation performance in terraced housing with an air-well system. The key concern as to what extent the current air-well system serving as a ventilator is effective to provide better thermal performance is to be addressed. By adopting an existing single-story air-welled terrace house, indoor environmental conditions and thermal performance were monitored and measured using HOBO U12 air temperature and humidity, the HOBO U12 anemometer, and the Delta Ohm HD32.3 Wet Bulb Globe Temperature meter for a six-month duration. The results show that the air temperature of the air well ranged from 27.48?C to 30.92?C, with a mean relative humidity of 72.67% to 79.25%. The mean air temperature for a test room (single-sided ventilation room) ranged from 28.04?C to 30.92?C, with a relative humidity of 70.16% to 76.00%. These empirical findings are of importance, offering novel policy insights and suggestions. Since the minimum provision of 10% openings has been revealed to be less effective to provide desirable thermal performance and comfort, mandatory compliance with and the necessity of the bylaw requirement should be revisited.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Air well, Field measurement
Subjects:T Technology > TH Building construction
Divisions:Built Environment
ID Code:95951
Deposited By: Widya Wahid
Deposited On:01 Jul 2022 04:53
Last Modified:01 Jul 2022 04:53

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