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Title: Insulated Concrete Form Walls Integrated With Mechanical Systems in a Cold Climate Test House

Transitioning from standard light frame to a thermal mass wall system in a high performance home will require a higher level of design integration with the mechanical systems. The much higher mass in the ICF wall influences heat transfer through the wall and affects how the heating and cooling system responds to changing outdoor conditions. This is even more important for efficient, low-load homes with efficient heat pump systems in colder climates where the heating and cooling peak loads are significantly different from standard construction. This report analyzes a range of design features and component performance estimates in an effort to select practical, cost-effective solutions for high performance homes in a cold climate.
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  1. Home Innovation Research Labs, Upper Marlboro, MD (United States)
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Technical Report
Research Org:
Home Innovation Research Labs, Upper Marlboro, MD (United States)
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USDOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), Building Technologies Office (EE-5B)
Country of Publication:
United States
Residential; Residential Buildings; PHI; Building America; ICF; HVAC Sizing; Ventilation Design; Hot Water Heating; Challenge Home; thermal mass