A Novel Exterior Wall Upgrade Panel for EnergieSprong Retrofits

Garrett Mosiman, Liz Kutschke, Connor Jansen, Scott Pigg, Patrick H Huelman

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Abstract

With funding from Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, and with partners from Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the University of Minnesota, a two-year study of exterior wall insulation upgrades was conducted. This study included in-situ ¬testing of fourteen upgrade strategies at the University of Minnesota Cloquet Residential Research Facility. Data generated there were used to calibrate energy and moisture models. Data obtained from construction and general contractors was used in a comprehensive techo-economic evaluation. One of the upgrade strategies is a novel exterior upgrade derived from previous work conducted by the NorthernSTAR Building America Partnership that developed and deployed a “studless” exterior wall system. This system uses two layers of large-format oriented strand board as the home’s structural component. Control layers (air, water, vapor, thermal) and finishes are applied to the exterior of this panel. The upgrade strategy presented here eliminates one layer of OSB but is otherwise similar. A membrane, integrated with fenestrations, is the air / water / vapor control layer. Rigid insulation is the thermal control layer. This panel was a top performer in energy savings and moisture performance. The panel is intended to be fabricated offsite, using a technique called EnergieSprong. This concept, initially developed in the Netherlands before being deployed in the EU and US, uses a 3-dimensional laser scanner to measure the existing building and generate a computer model. This model is then used to guide computer-controlled manufacturing equipment to fabricate the panels. The panels are typically shipped with fenestration and finishes pre-installed. This allows on-site work to progress rapidly, since the panels are simply mounted to the exterior of the building. This paper will describe the proposed panel, its energy and thermal performance, and proposed manufacturing and installation techniques. Mechanical system modifications will be addressed, and a discussion of cost-effectiveness will be included.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThermal Performance of the Exterior Envelopes of Whole Buildings XV International Conference
PublisherAmerican Society of Heating Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers
Pages221-229
Number of pages9
ISBN (Electronic)9781955516280
StatePublished - 2022
Event15th International Conference on Thermal Performance of the Exterior Envelopes of Whole Buildings 2022 - Clearwater Beach, United States
Duration: Dec 5 2022Dec 8 2022

Publication series

NameThermal Performance of the Exterior Envelopes of Whole Buildings
ISSN (Electronic)2166-8469

Conference

Conference15th International Conference on Thermal Performance of the Exterior Envelopes of Whole Buildings 2022
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityClearwater Beach
Period12/5/2212/8/22

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
With funding from Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, and with partners from Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the University of Minnesota, a two-year study of exterior wall insulation upgrades was conducted. This study included in-situ ¬testing of fourteen upgrade strategies at the University of Minnesota Cloquet Residential Research Facility. Data generated there were used to calibrate energy and moisture models. Data obtained from construction and general contractors was used in a comprehensive techo-economic evaluation.

Funding Information:
The authors would like to thank Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the Department of Energy, and Minnesota’s Conservation Applied Research Development program for supporting this research work and publication. We would also like to thank the staff at the Cloquet Forestry Center for their support.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2022 American Society of Heating, Refrigeration, and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE). All rights reserved.

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