The possibility of combining field studies with simulations has proven to be particularly advantageous when it comes to testing products. On the one hand, this allows simulations to be validated and on the other hand, the work involved in field studies can be reduced to an acceptable level. At our Holzkirchen site, we have the world's largest open-air test site for studying building materials and structures, parts and system components on a 1:1 scale. The extreme weather conditions there - radiant summers, cold winters, heavy driving rain – make the location ideal for studies of this kind.
One large and several small meteorological stations on the open-air test site and in the immediate vicinity permit an accurate analysis of weather conditions and their respective geographical dependencies (microclimate analyses). Some of these stations have been recording all relevant climate parameters continuously since the 1980s. The collected data are also used as boundary conditions for hygrothermal and energy performance simulations, as well as to interpret field test results in more detail.
Our extensive experience enables us to tailor field studies to the research needs of our clients. We offer a wide range of services: