Heat flow and moisture dynamics in a residential attic. by John K. Ford

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Published by Princeton University, Center for Energy and Environmental Studies in Princeton, NJ .

Written in English

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Includes bibliographical references.

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SeriesPU/CEES report -- no. 148.
ContributionsPrinceton University. Center for Energy and Environmental Studies.
LC ClassificationsTH7684.D9 F6 1982
The Physical Object
Pagination1 v. (various pagings)
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Open LibraryOL17626217M

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Heat transfer and air flow through an attic space into or out of buildings is a key issue for attic-shaped houses in different seasons. One of the main objectives for designers and builders is to provide thermal comfort for dwellers.

Residential Building Wall Systems: Energy Efficiency and Carbon Footprint. this book chapter reports the. Ventilation can’t eliminate the transfer of heat from roof to attic, but it can minimize its effect. To do that, a well-designed system must provide a uniform flow of cool air along the underside of the roof sheathing.

That steady flow of air carries heat out of the attic before it can radiate to the attic floor. Understanding Basic Residential Ductwork Design Please Note: All information provided in this document is to be used as a guideline only. system is just as important as the equipment used to heat and cool your • Flexible duct work must be stretched tightly for maximum air flow.

Example: System is designed to move 3 Ton of A/C or CFM. Ideal attic temperatures and humidity settings aren't always easy to maintain.

Freezing and excessively hot outdoor temperatures, rain and high exterior humidity levels make it difficult for your. In heating climates, attic ventilation usually provides a measure of protection from excessive moisture accumulation in the roof sheathing, but if indoor humidity is high and humid indoor air leaks into the attic, the use of attic vents does not guarantee that attic moisture problems will not develop.

The primary cause of attic moisture is when it travels from your heated portion of the building up to the attic space. If your home has too much humidity, from a furnace humidifier or other sources, it can rise to the attic. Venting of your kitchen or bathroom into the attic will also cause moisture.

Insulation works by reducing heat flow with tiny pockets of air, which are relatively poor conductors of heat.

Convection: The movement of air or a fluid such as water can transfer heat. In an uninsulated wall space, for instance, air picks up heat from the warm side of the wall and then circulates to the cold wall, where it loses the heat. Figure 3: Comparison of the thickness of various materials required to achieve R20 (RSI).

Thermal Bridging. Heat flow deviates from one-dimensional at corners, parapets, intersections between different assemblies, etc. When heat flows at a much higher rate through one part of an assembly than another, the term thermal bridge is used to reflect the fact that the heat has bridged.

Exhausting air from the attic to the outside resulting in a negative pressure in the attic causing air to be pulled from the house into the attic is also ok. So my code changes are ok in code world. In the real world they result in a safer building and one that is free from moisture problems.

Sealed attics trap excessive heat and moisture, which can lead to reduced shingle life. And the extra heat is not just a summer concern—come winter, hot attic air can melt snow on the roof during.

1. Introduction. Attenuation of heat and moisture transfer through Heat flow and moisture dynamics in a residential attic. book, specially in dwellings, is an efficient strategy to reduce energy consumption [1,2].Besides its effects on the energy balance, moisture can deteriorate insulation layers and cause mold growth [].Moisture transfer research has been presented since the beginning of the last century, for unsaturated porous media based on.

Heat gain through a well-insulated ceiling represents a small amount of the total sensible gain. In The Moisture Control Handbook written by Joseph Listiburek and John Carmody it states that “where roof assemblies are tight and well insulated, ventilation of roof assemblies has a negligible impact on cooling loads.” p.

ATTIC BAFFLES. [19] Ford, J. K., Heat Flow and Moisture Dynamics in a Residential Attic, Master's of Science Thesis, Center for Energy and Environmental Studies, CEES Report.

moisture problems that have faced the industry; rather it is intended to be a snapshot of the more common types of moisture problems existing in current manufactured housing. Many published texts describe in greater detail the physics of moisture dynamics in residential buildings.

Readers interested in learning more about the subject are. Residential Attic Ventilation In A Hot And Humid Climate: Effects Of Increased Ventilation On Thermal Performance And Moisture Control Stanley Arthur Atherton [email protected] This Thesis is brought to you for free and open access by the Graduate School at Trace: Tennessee Research and Creative Exchange.

It has been. Roy, If you think about what air movement is causing the dampers to rattle, you will find adding a quiet fabric damper in series with the same direction of air flow will not change the dynamics. Low pressure on the outside from wind away from the house and high pressure from wind entering the house somewhere else will cause the dampers to move.

Q. I’m hoping you can help me with a problem I’m having in my attic. My condo is only two years old, but there is quite a bit of condensation on the roof boards (they are damp/wet almost all.

If you want the heat out of your attic, a reflective roof or radiant barrier are better ways to get there. Enough said. I'm not going to let the comments for this article turn into the Allison-is-nuts-because-PAVs-can-sometimes-work charade that has happened with previous articles.

If you've got something to say about reflective roofs, let's. Another result of poor attic ventilation is ice dams. Of course, this is a problem normally seen in northern climates.

Attics with poor ventilation allow the buildup of heat in the attic, usually from heat escaping the living space. The heated attic air warms the roof surface, melting snow on the roof. Heat Flow (Btu per hour per square foot) = Temperature Difference (degree F)x R-value The R-value of an insulation material is usually listed in terms of R per inch.

For any thickness, the total R-value equals the rated R per inch multiplied by the thickness in inches. For example, cellulose attic insulation has an R-value of R per inch. In addition to the attic ventilation solutions above, there are more steps you can take to prevent moisture issues in your attic and help maintain proper attic ventilation throughout the winter: Seal penetrations in the attic to stop free air flow.

Seal nail penetrations and around electrical, HVAC, and chimney penetrations. The main reason combining different types of exhaust vents is problematic is that it disturbs the proper flow of the attic air.

To best help fight heat buildup, moisture buildup and ice dams, attic ventilation must be a balanced system of intake vents (placed low on the roof in the soffit or at the roof’s edge) and exhaust vents (placed at or. The purpose of the study was to increase firefighter safety by providing the fire service with scientific knowledge on the dynamics of attic and exterior fires and the influence of coordinated fire mitigation tactics from full-scale fire testing in realistic residential structures.

Attic fires impact every town and city across the United States. Cobra Rigid Vent 3 - in. x 48 in. Roof Ridge Exhaust Vent in Black When installed as part of a properly balanced When installed as part of a properly balanced attic ventilation system, GAF Cobra® Rigid Vent 3™ is a rigid-style shingle-over exhaust vent installed at the roof ridge that helps exhaust excess heat and moisture from your attic while resisting wind-driven rain infiltration.

In a few cases, very wide, open soffit vents at building eaves seem to result in a dry attic, but the design relies on a prevailing wind pattern that sends air through the attic. Even in this case most air flow will be across the attic floor, and an inspection of the attic near the ridge may reveal evidence of unwanted condensation and moisture.

Attic Ventilation. The south ceiling heat flux results of this testing are illustrated by Figure 5 and 6. The ventilation configurations under test are found at the top of each individual graph. Ford, J.K. Heat flow and moisture dynamics in a residential attic.

Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University. Forest, T.W., and I.S. Walker. When moisture attacks and the impact to your building envelope. In Septembertwo category 4 hurricanes and one category 5 hurricane devastated Florida, Texas, Puerto Rico, the U.S.

Virgin Islands and more with a total cost of up to $ billion in damages. During the rainy season, SF Gate reported that California received more rain in just a few months than the state had seen. An experimental plan called for the houses to be operated at high indoor relative humidities (45 and 55% at 70/degree/F), with data concerning the attic moisture conditions collected by both visual and instrument measurements.

The testing showed that moisture went through a diurnal cycle at the Karns research houses. The goal of an effective attic ventilation system is to help fight heat buildup inside the attic during the warmer months and moisture buildup in the colder months.

Additionally, in climates where snow and ice are common, attic ventilation can help fight the formation of ice dams. The order of operations to improve the moisture and energy performance of a building is: 1.

manage moisture FIRST 2. manage air leakage SECOND (and managing air leakage manages both the flow of heat and moisture). Manage conductive heat flow (insulation) LAST. Peter. Combustion, or burning, is a high-temperature exothermic redox chemical reaction between a fuel (the reductant) and an oxidant, usually atmospheric oxygen, that produces oxidized, often gaseous products, in a mixture termed as tion does not always result in fire, but when it does, a flame is a characteristic indicator of the reaction.

While the activation energy must be overcome to. The model is used to predict hourly ceiling heat gain/loss in residences with the purpose of estimating reductions in cooling and heating loads produced by radiant barriers.

The model accounts for transient conduction, convection and radiation and incorporates moisture and air transport across the attic. As the stack effect drove this moisture up into attic spaces, problems ensued. and above-sheathing ventilation reduced the heat flow penetrating the attic floor by 70% as compared with the heat flow penetrating the attic floor of a roof with conventional asphalt shingles.

Excerpts from his recent book, Best Practices Guide to. Attic power vent heat and moisture attic power vent heat and moisture frequently asked ions master flow solar attic fan cfm moisture problems in your attic Attic FanWhat Temperature. REMOVAL OF HEAT: The Duostat allows for worry free operation during both winter and summer months by allowing the homeowner to not manually turn on and off their attic fan when needed.

It removes excess heat from an attic in summer and humidity in winter and allows equalization of inside and outside attic temperatures › See more product detailsReviews: Uses. One kind of evaporator is a kind of radiator coil used in a closed compressor driven circulation of a liquid coolant.

That is called an air-conditioning system (A/C) or refrigeration system to allow a compressed cooling chemical, such as R (Freon) or RA, to evaporate/vaporize from liquid to gas within the system while absorbing heat from the enclosed cooled area, for example a. Roofing: Repair roofing, parapets and overhangs that have allowed moisture toenter; add ice and water shield membrane to lower 3 to 4 feet or roofing in cold climatesto limit damage from ice dams; increase attic ventilation, if heat and humidity build-upis a problem.

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Beating the Excess Attic Heat. Most homeowners do not feel the need to direct ventilation ducts right up to the attic spaces unless the attic serves as a living space and is converted into an extra room.

However, ensuring proper attic ventilation can ensure that unused attic spaces do not trap heat. The research will develop important fire data that includes temperatures, heat flux, flow velocities, differential pressure, gas concentrations, and moisture content throughout the structure.

The results from the tests will also provide knowledge on how flow paths and conditions in the structure are impacted with nozzle pattern selection and. Explain why building science is both an art and a science Identify one or more of the laws governing each of these house-system dynamics:the flow of heat, the flow of air, and the flow of moisture.

Describe one or more of the problems and solutions that arise in the house-system due to the dynamics of heat, air and moisture flow.Air Flow; Heat Flow; Moisture Flow. For each of these issues, the introduction explores causes, control measures, and effects on both buildings and occupants.

This introduction defines many of the theories behind the ENERGY STAR New Homes requirements. Air Flow. In simplest terms, air needs an opening or hole to flow through and a driving force.Moisture analysis can be helpful for estimating potential risk.

One common tool for doing so is Wärme und Feuchte Instationär (WUFI) analysis, which is German for “Transient heat and moisture thermal dynamics transport.” WUFI is a dynamic simulation for coupled heat and moisture transport that uses hourly data and transient parameters.

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