Hygrothermal materials for heat and moisture control in buildings
M.R. Hall, University of Nottingham, UK
This chapter seeks to explain what makes a ‘hygrothermal’ material, with reference to their specific ability to regulate indoor environmental conditions of air temperature and relative humidity. The volume averaged physical properties of these materials is addressed along with the experimental and numerical techniques employed to characterize and study their behaviour. The main material classes of candidate hygrothermal materials are explained in detail. Finally, the application of these materials in relation to buildings is explored along with predicted future research trends in this field. Details of the main active ...