[Equest-users] Outside wall to outside wall

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Thu Sep 1 15:19:23 PDT 2016

John, looks like this didn’t leave my outbox… sorry!  Give me time to refine my response:


How I’d react would depend on my motives/goals.


Ideally, I’d like to find & assert both neighbors are conditioned to similar temperatures and therefore declare no substantive heat transfer:  adiabatic surfaces with thermal mass to effect hourly heat storage/transfer lag.  This is probably accurate enough (in-aggregate) for many cases, short of exposed walls where one building is taller than another.


Conservatively – Nathan’s suggestion is the ticket however.  If there’s going to be appreciable heat transfer,  you’re now in a position to decide where to draw a line in the sand:  what’s your worst-case?   This may be the more appropriate response if you’re doing simulation to aid/inform equipment sizing or if you know of planned demolition/renovations in the neighboring spaces.  I can say short of FEMA shelters and the like (this is tornado country…), I don’t normally make the destruction of an attached portion of my buildings a part of my design calculations or energy simulations, but you might have some good reasons to pull that possibility into the picture.


Applying the likes of 90.1 conditioned envelope definitions notably gets a little trickier if you have an enclosed or partially enclosed gap between the buildings.  If you’re heading down a 90.1/LEED based simulation path or something similar for compliance, look hard for shared wall/space construction details on that front to understand what exactly lies beyond your “envelope.”


Finally, I notice you mentioned an disquieting location: New York City (or NEW YORK CITY?!? as we say in the midwest).  I want to say there was a mailing list discussion on this exact issue in relation to NY’s energy standards some time back either in equest-users or bldg-sim… but on cursory searching I’m having trouble finding it… suggest digging the archives further!







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From: Equest-users [mailto:equest-users-bounces at lists.onebuilding.org] On Behalf Of John Aulbach via Equest-users
Sent: Thursday, September 01, 2016 4:09 PM
To: Nathan Miller
Cc: equest-users at lists.onebuilding.org
Subject: Re: [Equest-users] Outside wall to outside wall


Thank you all. I just had to shake the trees to jog my DOE-2.1 memory.


A fully shaded outdoor wall is probably the best way, so thank you all.




On Thursday, September 1, 2016 1:17 PM, Nathan Miller <nathanm at rushingco.com> wrote:


Tough call, but I’d probably be conservative and err on the side of making assumptions that result in MORE energy consumption in my modeling (unless there is some benchmarking you can compare to). 


That means I’d probably assume the walls are exterior and fully shaded. There is a pretty good chance there is at least small dead-air-space between the buildings (even if it is only a few inches), plus you have no control over what is happening on the other side of the wall… maybe the neighboring building is minimally conditioned, or becomes abandoned. 



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From: Equest-users [mailto:equest-users-bounces at lists.onebuilding.org] On Behalf Of John Aulbach via Equest-users
Sent: Wednesday, August 31, 2016 5:42 PM
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Subject: [Equest-users] Outside wall to outside wall


Hi Gang:


Food (and query) for thought.


I am doing a remodel of a New York Building that is essentially a tenement (?). Building squished between other buildings. Side walls essentially lay against next building.


Inside wall? Outside wall with no solar?


How would you model this?


John R. Aulbach, PE


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