The energy crises of the 1970ies, the persisting moisture problems, the complaints about sick buildings, thermal, visual and olfactory discomfort, and the move towards more sustainability in building construction pushed Building Physics to the frontline of building innovation. The societal pressure to diminish energy consumption in buildings without degrading usability acted as a trigger that activated the whole notion of performance based design and construction. As all engineering sciences, Building Physics is oriented towards application, reason why, after a first book on fundamentals, this second tome looks at the performance rationale and performance requirements.
The outdoor and indoor climate conditions are described and calculation values are discussed, the performance concept is specified at the building level, at the building envelope level and at the materials` level. Definability in an engineering way, predictability at the design stage and controllability are the measures of concepts` quality. Thus, the author gives a practical guide of the performance approach which helps consulting engineers, architects and contractors guaranteeing building quality.
This book is the result of 35 years of teaching architectural, building and civil engineers, coupled to 40 years of experience, research and consultancy.