SYMPOSIA PAPER Published: 01 January 1985

Engineering Application of Heat Flux Sensors in Buildings—Technical Note


Since 1978, new houses in New Zealand have had to achieve minimum levels of thermal insulation. A large field survey was carried out during the winter of 1983. This paper outlines the basis of the survey, the equipment used, and the measurement issues raised by the use of heat flux sensors. The results from a pilot study of 25 houses are discussed in terms of the activities that affect measurements. A comparison of calculated and “measured” R-values for known walls indicates a measurement “calibration” of within 10% for the equipment and analysis.

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Isaacs, N
Building Research Association of New Zealand, Porirua, New Zealand
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Developed by Committee: C16
Pages: 122–128
DOI: 10.1520/STP32933S
ISBN-EB: 978-0-8031-4949-6
ISBN-13: 978-0-8031-0438-9