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Preservation and reuse of reinforced concrete hyperbolic paraboloid shells in the UK (2019)
Conference Proceeding
Mendoza, M., & Chilton, J. (2019). Preservation and reuse of reinforced concrete hyperbolic paraboloid shells in the UK. In C. Lázaro, K. Bletzinger, & E. Oñate (Eds.), Proceedings of the IASS Annual Symposium 2019 – Structural Membranes 2019

During the 1950s concrete shell structures, including hyperbolic paraboloid 'hypar' structures, gained a foothold in Britain's architectural and engineering realm. These structures bear witness to the technological developments in the construction se... Read More

Casa Corriere –RCS Media Group pavilion for Expo 2015 (2019)
Conference Proceeding
Beccarelli, P., Armani, M., & Maffei, R. (2019). Casa Corriere –RCS Media Group pavilion for Expo 2015. In Proceedings of the TensiNet Symposium 2019: Softening the Habitats, 505-513. doi:10.30448/ts2019.3245.24

In 2014 Rizzoli-Corriere dellaSera Media Group S.p.A. decided to have a pavilion at the Milan Expo 2015 in order to promote the activity of the group in daily newspapers, magazines and books, radio broadcasting, new media and digital and satellite TV... Read More

Energy performance of film membranes in the retrofitting of Architectural Heritage: an Italian case study (2019)
Conference Proceeding
De Vita, M., D'Antonio, R., Beccarelli, P., & De Berardinis, P. (2019). Energy performance of film membranes in the retrofitting of Architectural Heritage: an Italian case study. In Proceedings of the TensiNet Symposium 2019: Softening the Habitats, 624-633. doi:10.30448/ts2019.3245.23

During the last decades, the development of architectural textiles led to significant innovations in the building industry. Designers, producers and researchers have invested in the technical development of textile envelopes with the aim of improving... Read More

Experimental study of enclosure airtightness of an outdoor chamber using the pulse technique and blower door method under various leakage and wind conditions (2018)
Conference Proceeding
Zheng, X., Mazzon, J., Wallis, I., & Wood, C. J. (2018). Experimental study of enclosure airtightness of an outdoor chamber using the pulse technique and blower door method under various leakage and wind conditions. In N/A, 352-362

This paper introduces an experimental study of enclosure airtightness testing of an outdoor chamber using both the pulse technique and the blower door method. This investigation is a 2nd stage comparison study following the previous testing of a hous... Read More

An extended pressure range comparison of the blower door and novel pulse method for measuring the airtightness of two outdoor chambers with different levels of airtightness (2018)
Conference Proceeding
Wood, C., Zheng, X., Vega Pasos, A., Hsu, Y., & Smith, L. (2018). An extended pressure range comparison of the blower door and novel pulse method for measuring the airtightness of two outdoor chambers with different levels of airtightness. In Proceedings of 39th AIVC - 7th TightVent & 5th venticool Conference, Antibes Juan-Les-Pins, France, 18-19 September 2018, 915-925

The steady pressurisation method measures the building leakage in a range of high pressures, typically 10-60 Pa. It is implemented by creating a steady pressure difference across the building envelope and measuring the corresponding airflow exchange... Read More

Experimental study on the measurement of building infiltration and air leakage rate (at 4 and 50 Pa) by means of tracer gas methods, blower door and the novel pulse technique in a detached UK home (2018)
Conference Proceeding
Vega Pasos, A., Zheng, X., Sougkakis, V., Gillott, M., Meulemans, J., Samin, O., …Wood, C. J. (2018). Experimental study on the measurement of building infiltration and air leakage rate (at 4 and 50 Pa) by means of tracer gas methods, blower door and the novel pulse technique in a detached UK home. In Smart Ventilation for buildings, 972-981

Air infiltration contributes to a heat loss typically representing up to one third of the heating demand of a building. The building airtightness, also quantified as air leakage, is the fundamental building property that impacts infiltration. The ste... Read More

Sensitivity analysis for energy modelling based on daylight simulations (2018)
Conference Proceeding
Abdelwahab, S., Rutherford, P., Kent, M. G., & Altomonte, S. (2018). Sensitivity analysis for energy modelling based on daylight simulations. In International Conference for Sustainable Design of the Built Environment: SDBE 2018: proceedings, 49-60

Simulation techniques for modelling the lighting and energy performance of buildings are becoming widely available. Previous research by the authors found the outcomes of lighting simulation to be substantively influenced by individual settings of va... Read More

Experimental studies of a pulse pressurisation technique for measuring building airtightness (2018)
Conference Proceeding
Zheng, X., Cooper, E., Zu, Y., Gillott, M., Tetlow, D., Riffat, S., & Wood, C. (in press). Experimental studies of a pulse pressurisation technique for measuring building airtightness

A pulse pressurisation technique is developed and utilised for determining building leakage at low pressure, based on a 'quasi-steady pulse' concept. The underlying principle of the technique is to subject the building envelope to a known volume chan... Read More

Experimental investigation of the impact of environmental conditions on the measurement of building infiltration, and its correlation with airtightness (2018)
Conference Proceeding
Vega Pasos, A., Zheng, X., Sougkakis, V., Gillott, M., Meulemans, J., Samin, O., …Wood, C. J. (2018). Experimental investigation of the impact of environmental conditions on the measurement of building infiltration, and its correlation with airtightness. In Smart Ventilation for Buildings

The air infiltration of a building, which fundamentally depends on its airtightness, can be a significant contributor to its heat loss. It can also be affected by other factors such as external terrain, leakage distribution, sheltering factor and env... Read More

Pneumatic membranes for biogas plants (2018)
Conference Proceeding
Beccarelli, P., & Maffei, R. (2018). Pneumatic membranes for biogas plants. In Proceedings of the IASS Annual Symposium 2018: Creativity in structural design

The biogas sector had a rapid development in the last decade with several new industrial plants realized all over Europe and Worldwide. The intrinsic efficiency of membrane structures [1] provided a cost effective solution to cover digesters, bio-fil... Read More

Engineering and fabrication of the “Off the Cuff” pavilion, Fuorisalone 2017, Milan (2017)
Conference Proceeding
Beccarelli, P., & Maffei, R. (2017). Engineering and fabrication of the “Off the Cuff” pavilion, Fuorisalone 2017, Milan

The paper presents the engineering and fabrication of the “Off The Cuff” pavilion designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro for the exhibition “A Matter of Perception: LINKING MINDS” organised by DAMNº and Mosca Partners at Palazzo Litta for the FuoriSalo... Read More

Retrofitting of ETFE roofs (2017)
Conference Proceeding
Beccarelli, P., & Maffei, R. (2017). Retrofitting of ETFE roofs

ETFE is one of the most stable chemical compounds and its films are largely employed in the building industry due to the very good long-term stability, resistance to soiling and high light transmittance. The mechanical strength is relatively good, es... Read More

A comparison study of the blower door and novel pulse technique on measuring enclosure airtightness in a controlled environment (2017)
Conference Proceeding
Zheng, X., Cooper, E., Mazzon, J., Wallis, I., & Wood, C. J. (2017). A comparison study of the blower door and novel pulse technique on measuring enclosure airtightness in a controlled environment

This paper introduces a comparison study of measuring the airtightness of a house sized test chamber using the novel pulse technique and the standard blower door method in a controlled environment. Eight different testing plates have been applied to... Read More

Multi-agent stochastic simulation of occupants for building simulation (2017)
Conference Proceeding
Chapman, J., Siebers, P., & Robinson, D. (2017). Multi-agent stochastic simulation of occupants for building simulation

This paper introduces a new general platform for the simulation of occupants' presence and behaviours. Called No-MASS (Nottingham Multi-Agent Stochastic Simulation platform) the platform takes a selection of well validated stochastic models to genera... Read More

Sustainable techniques for thermal comfort in buildings designed used by worshipers (2017)
Conference Proceeding
Alabdullatief, A., & Omer, S. (2017). Sustainable techniques for thermal comfort in buildings designed used by worshipers

Thermal comfort in building is a trendy that has been under investigation by many researchers. The mosque, for Muslim worshippers, is one of the most popular religious buildings. The demand of new mosques is continuously increasing due to the increas... Read More

A review of the potential of smart homes to support independent living (2017)
Conference Proceeding
Fox, C., Rodrigues, L. T., Altomonte, S., & Gillott, M. C. (2017). A review of the potential of smart homes to support independent living

Between 2015 and 2050, the proportion of the world's population over 60 years of age is expected to nearly double, from 12% to 22%. Whilst hospitals offer care to people with health problems, support at home is generally limited to carers, a costly l... Read More

A system design for distributed energy generation in low temperature district heating (LTDH) networks (2017)
Conference Proceeding
Jones, S., Gillott, M. C., Boukhanouf, R., Walker, G. S., Tunzi, M., Tetlow, D., …Sumner, M. (2017). A system design for distributed energy generation in low temperature district heating (LTDH) networks

Project SCENIC (Smart Controlled Energy Networks Integrated in Communities) involves connecting properties at the University of Nottingham’s Creative Energy Homes test site in a community scale, integrated heat and power network. Controls will be dev... Read More

Performance comparison of thermoelectric generators with Extremum seeking control and incremental conductance MPPT methods (2017)
Conference Proceeding
Twaha, S., Zhu, J., & Yan, Y. (2017). Performance comparison of thermoelectric generators with Extremum seeking control and incremental conductance MPPT methods

Thermoelectric generators (TEGs) are used for converting heat into electricity, environmentally friendly, without moving parts and with less complexity. One of the problems with TEG is that it has low efficiency and therefore it is necessary to harve... Read More

Free cooling based phase change material for domestic buildings in hot arid climate (2017)
Conference Proceeding
Zeinelabdein, R., Omer, S., Mohamed, E., Amaireh, I., & Gan, G. (2017). Free cooling based phase change material for domestic buildings in hot arid climate

Free cooling based phase change materials (FCPCM) are promising sustainable technologies which could be used to store the cold energy available during summer nights in a sufficient latent heat storage for later utilisation during the daytime. This cu... Read More

Feasibility of double-skin façades for multi-storeys office buildings in Amman/Jordan: an insight into thermal performance for both summer and winter peak conditions (2017)
Conference Proceeding
Amaireh, I., Gan, G., Omer, S., & Zeinelabdein, R. (2017). Feasibility of double-skin façades for multi-storeys office buildings in Amman/Jordan: an insight into thermal performance for both summer and winter peak conditions

Amman, the capital city of Jordan, usually experiences a hot dry summer with high solar radiations and a cold-wet winter. While the entire state of Jordan faces serious shortages in energy sources, significant growth in both industrial investment and... Read More