Building in other climate zones

Although the laws of nature are the same wherever you go, building regulations and traditions can vary hugely between countries. This is often due to differences in climate. Whereas fire protection and noise insulation systems work pretty much the same across different climates, it is generally not so easy to transfer experience and specifications when it comes to heat and moisture protection. Thanks to the numerous international projects and product development work it has undertaken together with its cooperation partners across the globe, the Hygrothermics department has comprehensive know-how and tools for scientifically evaluating energy and moisture issues in buildings located in any climate zone. Routine analyses carried out by the department include:

  • assessing the condensation risk caused by vapor diffusion from inside (e.g. buildings in cold regions and mountainous areas) or from outside (e.g. buildings in tropical and subtropical regions)
  • forecasting the service life and evaluating the durability of building structures for other climate zones by comparing hygrothermal loads in the target region with conditions in the home country
  • analyzing climate data or creating / reviewing meteorological data records for hygrothermal simulation.

In this way, energy-efficient building concepts are developed for growth markets such as Asia and are specifically tailored to the compact urban architecture and climate there. In addition, collaborations with industrial partners result in new building products and systems that are cost-efficient, of good technical quality, and also offer users in these countries added value through improved indoor climates.

Sample projects

  • Development of a physical, regulatory and cultural guideline for use by German companies entering the Japanese market
  • Planning of timber frame buildings optimized for climate conditions in Japan
  • Investigation of the suitability and adaptability of insulated composite systems to climate conditions in India
  • Measurement of vapor barriers for industrial halls in Russia
  • Assessment and improvement of hygrothermal conditions in membrane roof construction of the airport building in Bangkok
  • Hygrothermal optimization of wall panels for residential buildings in Dubai
  • Review of the durability of façade systems under Irish climate conditions




Building quality for China

The rate at which new buildings are rising up out of the ground is unequalled anywhere else in the world. As far as the technical aspects of their design are concerned, they differ from standard practice in Germany in at least two major respects

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