Basics and Some Theory of AnTherm
When analysing the thermal performance of building components, two different
types of information are sought: thermal transmission and surface temperatures.
The first type entails evaluating the heat transfer characteristics of a
building assembly, i.e. the form and quantity of heat losses and gains, in order
to ultimately obtain
- a reliable estimation of heating and cooling loads (costs),
- acceptable heat flow rates,
as well as
- energy conserving design alternatives.
Based on the heat transfer characteristics of a construction, the expected
temperatures along interior surfaces must be evaluated in order to predict (and
avoid) areas of potential moisture condensation. Beyond preventing damage to
building materials caused by mould growth, adequate surface temperatures are
also a relevant factor in the thermal comfort of an interior environment.
See also: Thermal Transmission,