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Temperature measurements in the air gap of highly insulated wood-frame walls in a Zero Emission Building


Especially for wooden wall constructions, ventilated rain-screen walls have been used for many decades to prohibit moisture-induced damage. The air gap behind the façade cladding provides drainage, enhances ventilation, and thus facilitates drying of wetted façade components. The conditions in the air gap behind different cladding materials, however, are still an object of research. In the presented study, the interim findings after more than two years of ongoing measurements in the air gap behind different cladding materials of a zero-emission office building in the high-latitude city of Trondheim, Norway are presented. The results provide valuable insight into the temperature conditions in the air gap of ventilated claddings in order to determine the in-use conditions of building materials and develop improved testing schemes. The results indicate that the air and surface temperature in the air cavity of the walls is strongly influenced by the solar radiation incidence on the facades. Both the highest and lowest values were observed on the roof with 81 °C and -21.9 °C, respectively, at the back side of the building integrated photovoltaic modules, resulting in a total temperature range of almost 103 °C.


Academic lecture


  • Research Council of Norway (RCN) / 245663
  • Research Council of Norway (RCN) / 237859
  • Research Council of Norway (RCN) / 294894




  • SINTEF Community / Architecture, Materials and Structures

Presented at

Nordic Symposium on Building Physics 2023




12.06.2023 - 14.06.2023


Aalborg University



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