The application of dynamic insulation in buildings

B.J. Taylor, M.S. Imbabi

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Dynamic insulation, a form of 'Breathing Wall' construction which allows the movement of air and moisture through the external walls of a building, was seen as one possible method for reducing building envelope heat losses and achieving high indoor air quality. A research investigation was conducted to provide a firm scientific understanding of dynamic insulation. An important outcome of the work will be the development of building envelope designs which effectively and economically employ dynamic insulation in cold climates. This paper presents some general conclusions, confirming that the energy saving produced by dynamic insulation alone is small relative to that obtained in conjunction with conventional air heat recovery methods.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)377-382
Number of pages6
JournalRenewable Energy
Issue number1-4
Early online date16 Nov 1998
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1998
EventWorld Renewable Energy Congress V - Florence, Italy
Duration: 20 Sep 199825 Sep 1998


  • breathing wall
  • buildings
  • dynamic insulation
  • heat recovery
  • U-valve
  • ventilation


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