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Proceedings of eSim 2012: 7th Conference of IBPSA-Canada


Coupling soil heat and mass transfer models to foundations in whole-building simulation packages

Patrice Pinel, Ian Beausoleil-Morrison

Abstract: The availability of greater computing resources in the last few decades has lead to the development of sophisticated models to account for heat transfer from building foundations. Some of these models have been integrated into popular whole-building simulation packages to account for dynamic interactions between buildings and adjacent soils. This paper discusses how this soil-building coupling has been implemented in previous models. The possibility to couple the moisture and air transfer evaluated by some newer soil models is also investigated. Finally, a convenient and potentially more accurate coupling method is proposed.
Pages: 557 - 570