Low energy building design and thermal refurbishment of existing buildings.

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Department of Building and Building Physics
Faculty of Civil Engineering
Cracow University of Technology

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Our main goals

Tools and good practice procedures for low energy building design, enabling to reduce demand on heat-ing and prevent cooling demand while maintaining high indoor air quality.

Because of the big volume of poor quality prefabri-cated apartment buildings, that still exist in Poland, one of our goals is also to elaborate a scenario of holistic revitalisation of those buildings in accord-ance with the requirements of sustainable develop-ment.

Specific research interests:

Low energy building: passive solar energy use, rational window sizing strategy, passive meas-ures of indoor climate control to avoid overheat-ing, influence of thermal storage on heating and cooling demand, use of PCM to reduce demand on cooling energy, air tightness of building. Inte-grated approach to low energy building design. Design tools for low energy integrated design.

Thermal refurbishment of the existing buildings: reduction of thermal losses, air tightness control, maximization of solar gains, moisture aspects of thermal refurbishment, building shell diag-nostics in-situ, protection against overheating.

Modeling and simulation of building components and the whole objects (EnergyPlus). Experimental testing in climate chamber and in-situ. Infrared diagnostics and testing. quantitative infrared testing.

At present, the main and unique thermal re-search facility of the department is the climate chamber with hot-box, sample dimension 1.8 by 1.8 m. This chamber is not only used for a standard steady state testing but also for dy-namic tests (e.g. PCM use efficiency). Besides, we use dozens of standard research equipment, as thermal imaging cameras, thermal conduct-ance meters, thermal comfort meter etc.

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Tomasz Kisilewicz, Ph.D.,
Associate Professor Department of Building and Building Physics,
Faculty of Civil Engineering,
Cracow University of Technology

Contact:

Phone: +48 502302952
Email: tkisilew@pk.edu.pl

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