NSERC Alliance Project
Theme 3 – Building Envelope and Energy Performance
Project T3-2 – Resilient Wood Buildings – Envelope Performance
PI: Hua Ge & Leon Wang
This sub-project will evaluate the overheating risks in wood-frame buildings built to the current energy codes and the proposed NZER standard under current and projected future climates. With the increased frequency of “heatwaves” and projected rising temperatures, energy-efficient buildings designed to reduce energy consumption for space heating in Canada may be subject to a risk of overheating in warm seasons (Baba and Ge 2019; Laouadi et al. 2020). The expected outcomes of this sub-project are design and operational strategies, such as natural ventilation, night-time cooling, solar control through passive solar design and dynamic shading, thermal mass, and pre-cooling to reduce overheating risks in wood- frame multi-unit residential buildings, located in different Canadian climate zones.