Evaluation of indoor environment of traditional masonry dwelling "Masia" in Catalonia, Spain

Fumito Yamagata, Junta Nakano, Shin Ichi Tanabe, Masayuki Irie

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Abstract

Field surveys on residences A-1 and A-2 of the restored traditional masonry dwelling "masia" in Catalonia, Spain were conducted during autumn and winter of 2008. The residence A-1 had been restored by inserting steel frame inside and outside of the existing masonry walls, and A-2 had been restored by the original work method. In order to investigate the influence of their architectural characteristics on thermal environment, measurement results were compared. In addition, lifestyle which effects on thermal environment in masia was proposed through these surveys. As a result, the indoor thermal environment of masia could be comfortable all year around considering that the occupants made use of huge heat capacity and small openings of masia in their lifestyle.

Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2009 Dec 1
Event9th International Healthy Buildings Conference and Exhibition, HB 2009 - Syracuse, NY, United States
Duration: 2009 Sep 132009 Sep 17

Conference

Conference9th International Healthy Buildings Conference and Exhibition, HB 2009
CountryUnited States
CitySyracuse, NY
Period09/9/1309/9/17

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Keywords

  • Field survey
  • Masia
  • Masonry dwelling
  • Spain
  • Thermal environment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Building and Construction

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Yamagata, F., Nakano, J., Tanabe, S. I., & Irie, M. (2009). Evaluation of indoor environment of traditional masonry dwelling "Masia" in Catalonia, Spain. Paper presented at 9th International Healthy Buildings Conference and Exhibition, HB 2009, Syracuse, NY, United States.