25. October 2015 – admin

Best Paper Award for novel PULSE technique!

Best Paper Award © F. R. Carrié

Best Paper Award © F. R. Carrié

In September 2015, the University of Nottingham received the ‘Best Paper Award’ at the International Energy Agency’s 36th AIVC (Airtightness, Infiltration and Ventilation Centre) Conference in Madrid. The paper reports on field trialling of the novel PULSE technique, which is being used in Built2Spec for measurement of building airtightness. The photo shows the lead author, Ed Cooper, who has worked on the development of the PULSE technique over the past 13 years, receiving the award from Max Sherman of the AIVC. The PULSE technique is believed to offer the first commercially viable alternative to the standard fan based (blower door) technique for measuring building leakage. The PULSE technique consists of a very portable, self-contained unit that can quickly and accurately measure the building airtightness at the low pressures normally found in infiltration/exfiltration. Furthermore, very large buildings can be tested simply by tethering together multiple units spread within the building volume, so as to ensure even pressure distribution.

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