Modeling and Optimization of the Thermal Performance of a Wood-Cement Block in a Low-Energy House Construction

Iole Nardi, Tullio de Rubeis, Edoardo Buzzi, Stefano Sfarra, Dario Ambrosini, Domenica Paoletti

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The reduction of building energy consumption requires appropriate planning and design of the building's envelope. In the last years, new innovative materials and construction technologies used in new or refurbished buildings have been developed in order to achieve this objective, which are also needed for reducing greenhouse gases emissions and building maintenance costs. In this work, the thermal conductance of a brick, made of wood and cement, used in a low-rise building, was investigated with a heat flow meter (HFM) and with numerical simulation using the Ansys® software package (Canonsburg, PA, USA). Due to their influence on the buildings' thermal efficiency, it is important to choose an appropriate design for the building blocks. Results obtained by the finite element modeling of the construction material and by in-situ analysis conducted on a real building are compared, and furthermore a thermal optimization of the shape of the material is suggested.

Original languageEnglish
Article number677
Pages (from-to)1
Number of pages1
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Externally publishedYes



  • Ansys® simulation
  • Sustainable material
  • Wood-cement block

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science(all)

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