Monitoring the hygrothermal properties of buildings provides information about energy requirements and room climates
The aim of monitoring the hygrothermal properties of buildings is to develop solutions to avoid critical conditions, improve hygrothermal comfort and reduce energy consumption. The hygrothermal properties of buildings are determined to a large extent by the interaction between the building envelope and the interior.
By considering all the boundary conditions that determine this interaction, a detailed analysis can be made of the energy requirements, the room climate and the hygrothermal conditions inside the building envelope. Besides identifying and assessing factors such as internal sources of heat and humidity, air exchange and weather data, the tests also examine user patterns and the utilization of ventilation systems in different climate zones. Our experts use the knowledge gained in this way to develop and implement simulation tools.
Based on tests under real and laboratory conditions, as well as theoretical aspects and practical experience, the scientists at the Fraunhofer IBP have developed new models. These not only support the planning and analysis of causes of damage, but also enable building components and systems to be optimized and developed. Last but not least, these models can be used to solve the special problems of building physics encountered when renovating and preserving old buildings, as well as to overcome the challenges associated with atypical conditions of use or different climatic zones.