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A rational approach to the harmonisation of the thermal properties of building materials

Clarke, J.A. and Yaneske, P.P. (2009) A rational approach to the harmonisation of the thermal properties of building materials. Building and Environment, 44 (10). pp. 2046-2055. ISSN 0360-1323

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Abstract

The Energy Systems Research Unit at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow was contracted by the Building Research Establishment to review existing data-sets of thermo-physical properties of building materials and devise vetting and conflation mechanisms. The UK Chartered Institute of Building Services Engineers subsequently commissioned a project to extract a sub-set of these data for inclusion in Guide A, Section 3. This paper reports the project process and outcome. Specifically, it describes the source of existing data, comments on the robustness of the underlying test procedures and presents a new approach to data classification and conflation.