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Characterization of the Thermal Behavior of the Materials Commonly Used in Colombia for the Construction of Building Envelopes

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Eduardo Vélez, Fabián Amaya, Antonio Olmos, Raúl Pérez, Antonio Bula, Marco Sanjuan

Universidad del Norte, Barranquilla, Colombia

Paper No. ES2014-6312, pp. V002T06A001; 13 pages
  • ASME 2014 8th International Conference on Energy Sustainability collocated with the ASME 2014 12th International Conference on Fuel Cell Science, Engineering and Technology
  • Volume 2: Economic, Environmental, and Policy Aspects of Alternate Energy; Fuels and Infrastructure, Biofuels and Energy Storage; High Performance Buildings; Solar Buildings, Including Solar Climate Control/Heating/Cooling; Sustainable Cities and Communities, Including Transportation; Thermofluid Analysis of Energy Systems, Including Exergy and Thermoeconomics
  • Boston, Massachusetts, USA, June 30–July 2, 2014
  • Conference Sponsors: Advanced Energy Systems Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4587-5
  • Copyright © 2014 by ASME


The thermal performance of building materials used in Colombia is not currently characterized, which is essential to obtain the necessary information for an architectural design based on energy efficiency. The determination of materials thermal properties, as well as thermal and energy performance of building materials commonly used in Colombia are the main challenges for this research. The proposed methodology implies the experimental determination of the different materials thermal properties through the design and construction of an experimental device capable to accommodate different materials configurations. This will allow us to obtain relevant information to develop the government’s energy standards for quality building materials and quality policies for private companies. Among others are included: the Environmental Seal for Sustainable Building, which is currently being developed by the Colombian Council of Sustainable Building (CCCS); the Colombian standard for thermal systems applications in buildings (RITE) currently being developed by the Colombian Association of Air Conditioning and Refrigeration (ACAIRE); and policies for national sustainable buildings that were included in the National Development Plan 2010–2014 and 2015–2019.

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Topics: Construction



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