The application of dynamic insulation in multi-storey buildings

B.J. Taylor, M.S. Imbabi

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingPublished conference contribution


A pilot study was carried out to examine the influence of fire safety requirements and external wind on the performance of naturally ventilated multi-storey buildings in which the external envelop is dynamically insulated. Fresh air was supplied to the building through the envelope by depressurization, using a fan-driven, ducted extract system. Prototype 3, 4, 5, and 10 storey buildings, all sharing the same rectangular floor plan, were studied using a spreadsheet model. From the analysis the effects of wall porosity, depressurization level, extract system deployment, occupant density and distribution, and building orientation have been quantified.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationWorld Renewable Energy Congress VI
Subtitle of host publicationRenewables: The Energy for the 21st Century World Renewable Energy Congress VI 1–7 July 2000 Brighton, UK
EditorsA. A. M. Sayigh
PublisherElsevier Science
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)978-0-08-043865-8
ISBN (Print)0080438652
Publication statusPublished - 2000
EventWorld Renewable Energy Congress VI - Brighton, United Kingdom
Duration: 1 Jul 20007 Jul 2000


ConferenceWorld Renewable Energy Congress VI
Abbreviated titleWREC VI
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom

Bibliographical note

This work has been funded by EPSRC, Grant Reference GR/K23461.


  • Building Envelop
  • Dynamic Insulation
  • Fire
  • Natural Ventilation
  • Wind


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