This article attempts to predict the outcomes of three modern wall construction methods as compared to a traditionally built solid stone wall. Although an un-insulated stone wall would not be built these days, it is useful as a ‘control’ with which to draw comparisons. Mike George presents some interesting findings ...
This is a five page article. First published in June 2007
For many years now, there has been heated debate about how thermal mass influences a building’s performance. In particular, buildings with high thermal mass are said to be cooler in Summer. It would seem there is some substance to this as anyone who has lived in a solid walled house will tell you they long for the cool interior during hot summer months. Others cite the winter consequences of having such massive fabric in that the internal spaces are also cooler and require longer periods to respond to heat input into the building. An alternative is a lightweight building, such as timber frame, which is said to respond more quickly to heating. The argument then turns full circle, in that lightweight buildings are claimed to be more susceptible to overheating. So how much difference does the choice of structure make?
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