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Performance Based Building Design 2: From Timber-framed Construction to Partition Walls

Performance Based Building Design 2: From Timber-framed Construction to Partition Walls

Hugo S. L. Hens

ISBN: 978-3-433-03023-3

Jan 2013

292 pages

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Just like building physics, performance based building design was hardly an issue before the energy crises of the 1970ies. With the need to upgrade energy efficiency, the interest in overall building performance grew. The term "performance" encompasses all building-related physical properties and qualities that are predictable during the design stage and controllable during and after construction. The term "predictable" demands calculation tools and physical models that allow evaluating a design, whereas "controllable" presumes the existence of measuring methods available on site. The basis for a system of performance arrays are the functional demands, the needs for accessibility, safety, well-being, durability, energy efficiency and sustainability and the requirements imposed by the usage of a building.

In continuation of Vol. 1 this second volume discusses light-weight construction with wooden and metal elements, roofing systems, façades, and ends with finishes and the overall risk analysis. Most chapters build on a same scheme: overview, overall performance evaluation, design and construction.
The work is absolutely recommended to undergraduates and graduates in architectural and building engineering, though also building engineers, who want to refresh their knowledge, may benefit. The level of discussion assumes the reader has a sound knowledge of building physics, along with a background in structural engineering, building materials and building construction. Where and when needed, input and literature from over the world was used, reason why each chapter ends listing references and literature.
1. Timber-framed construction
In general
Performance Evaluation
Design and Execution
2. Sheet-metal Outer Wall Systems
In general
Performance Evaluation
Design and Execution
3. New Developments
Transparent Insulation
Multiple Skin and Photovoltaic Outer Walls
4. Roofs: Requirements
In general
Performance Evaluation
5. Low-sloped Roofs
Roofing Membranes
Compact Low-sloped Roofs
Protected Membrane Roofs
6. Pitched Roofs
Roof Covers in detail
Basic Assemblies
Performance Evaluation
Design and Execution
7. Sheet-metal Roofs
In general
Metal Roof Cover
Performance Evaluation
Design and Execution
8. Windows, Outer Doors and Glass Facades
In general
Windows and Doors
Glass Facades
9. Balconies, Chimneys, Shafts and Stairs
In general
10. Partitions;
Wall, Floor and Ceiling Finishes;
Inside Carpentry
In general
Partition Walls
Building Services
Wall Finishes
Floor Finishes
Ceiling Finishes
Inside Carpentry
11. Risk analysis
In general
Risk Definition
Performing a Risk Analysis
Example of Risk Analysis: Cavity Walls