Evaluating the effectiveness of improved workmanship quality on the airtightness of Dutch detached houses

M. Colijn*, A. G. Entrop, M. E. Toxopeus

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Abstract

Increasing the airtightness of buildings can contribute in coming to energy neutral buildings. This paper evaluates two possible measures: modest technical improvements and coaching of construction teams. Beforehand, the specific leakage rate of 44 detached houses was measured using a blower door test and by means of statistics, the most pressing problems were determined. An educational session was developed to explain construction workers the relevance of and their own influence on building airtight houses. The effectiveness of the technical improvements and the education was assessed by evaluating 14 new houses. This evaluation showed a significantly improved airtightness.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)843-848
Number of pages6
JournalEnergy procedia
Volume132
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2017

Keywords

  • air permeability
  • airtight houses
  • blower door test
  • education
  • workmanship quality

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