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Analysis of indoor climate and occupants' behaviour in traditional Scottish dwellings.

Gutierrez-Avellanosa, Daniel Herrera; Bennadji, Amar


Daniel Herrera Gutierrez-Avellanosa

Amar Bennadji


Due to the relevance of the internal boundary conditions and the lack of specific data for the Scottish context, an exploration of the internal environment of traditional dwellings is needed. In this study the indoor climate of 24 properties with different levels of insulation and air-tightness was analysed using a combination of quantitative and qualitative data. Temperature and relative humidity were recorded at 15 minutes intervals in two rooms per property. The analysis was complemented with semi-structured interviews with the occupants. Based on temperature and relative humidity, the moisture loads were calculated. Results in non- insulated properties showed indoor temperatures lower than the minimum level of thermal comfort, especially in winter, and high values of relative humidity during the warm season. The humidity levels in upgraded buildings are consistently lower despite the greater variability found in the internal temperatures.


HERRERA GUTIERREZ-AVELLANOSA, D. and BENNADJI, A. 2015. Analysis of indoor climate and occupants' behaviour in traditional Scottish dwellings. Energy procedia [online], 78: Proceedings of the 6th international building physics conference (IBPC 2015), 14-17 June 2015, Torino, Italy, pages 639-644. Available from:

Journal Article Type Conference Paper
Conference Name 6th international building physics conference (IBPC 2015)
Conference Location Torino, Italy
Start Date Jun 14, 2015
End Date Jun 17, 2015
Acceptance Date Jun 14, 2015
Online Publication Date Dec 30, 2015
Publication Date Nov 30, 2015
Deposit Date Apr 19, 2016
Publicly Available Date Apr 19, 2016
Journal Energy Procedia
Print ISSN 1876-6102
Electronic ISSN 1876-6102
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 78
Pages 639-644
Keywords Indoor climate; Dwellings; Traditional buildings; Hygrothermal loads; Thermal comfort
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