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COMPASS: appropriate testing and evaluation of passive solar components for thermal comfort in buildings

The project aimed to substantially improve both outdoor test facilities for thermal and solar performance testing of passive solar building components, and procedures for evaluating these components. The work followed on from a previous JOULE contract - the PASSYS project - which had resulted in the construction of test cells and establishment of basic procedures for measuring the thermal and solar characteristics of vertical building components.

Despite the progress made within the PASSYS project, additional facilities for roof component testing were thought to be necessary, particularly in southern European countries. It was anticipated that the improved testing facility would also be able to test mixed systems, comprising roof and wall elements. Test procedures also needed to be improved, in order to ensure they were reliable and affordable. From field tests, a set of well documented high quality data sets would be gathered. The procedures would be written up into a set of three quality manuals for test cell operation. These would include: an apparatus manual, a measurements procedures manual, and a calibration manual.

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CSTC/WTCB Centre Scientifique et Technique de la Construction Wetenschapelük en Technisch Centrum voor het Bouwbedrijf
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