Volume 29, Issue 2 (12-2019)                   IJAUP 2019, 29(2): 141-160 | Back to browse issues page

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Kazemi Shishavan M, Sadat Mirakbari F, Nicol F. Ventilated hollow core slab as a thermal mass strategy and its effect on thermal comfort; (case study: lotion college, England). IJAUP. 2019; 29 (2) :141-160
URL: http://ijaup.iust.ac.ir/article-1-432-en.html
1- Department of Art and Architecture Islamic Azad University Shabestar Branch, Shabestar, Iran , m.kazemi@iaushab.ac.ir
2- Islamic Azad University, Shabestar Branch.Shabestar, Iran.
3- Deputy Director of the Low Energy Architecture Research Unit, London Metropolitan University, London, UK
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Thermal mass is the materialchr('39')s ability to store heat and release it after an amount of time and concrete is considered one of the best thermal mass material. Since concrete has been used widely in many building constructions, by considering the capability of concrete in terms of thermal mass, it is worthwhile to use this ability of concrete in order to build buildings more healthy and comfortable for an increase in the occupants’ performance. Ventilated Hollow Core Slab (VHCS) is one of the efficient ways to provide adequate thermal mass within buildings. The present study aimed to assess the thermal performance of VHCS; and its effect on the occupantchr('39')s thermal comfort of a college building located in Luton, England, using a VHCS system as the exposed thermal mass. Various techniques have been used over two weeks and the recorded data were analyzed. Based on the findings from the review of existing literature in the field and the integrated approach outlined in this paper, results indicate that the application of VHCS as a thermal mass in university buildings decrease not only the daily temperature fluctuation but also the number of times with extreme heat or colds. Results also show the influence of the system on the level of habitants’ thermal comfort; though, this influence could be varied hinge on physical and psychological factors.
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Type of Study: Research Paper | Subject: Architecture

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