Case Study

Technology Validated in the Lab

This document describes a series of laboratory tests carried out on an Ecotherm insulated box, with various modifications for each experiment. The overall results are summarized in Table 1 and discussed below.
Case Study Timeline

1. Stages of the validation process

The thermal validation process consists of applying heating power to the building over a period of time, measuring its thermal response, and comparing the response to what we would expect to see on the basis of the design data.

  • Preparation: The preparation stage consists of preliminary calculations and planning the measurements to be carried out
  • Measurements: The measurement stage consists of measuring the temperature inside and outside the building while it is heated, and then left to cool.
  • Validation calculations: The validation calculations produce a range of heat loss coefficients for the building that are consistent with the measured data. This range is compared with the building’s design data or relevant building standards.

2. Complicating factors

Many factors contribute to the thermal response. These will need to be either avoided in the experiment, included in the model, or a combination of the two.

3. Test set-up

Inside the box:
• 100W heater
• 2.2kg of wood
• Desk fan (USB powered, 5V)

4. Table 1 - Results

5. Example heating curve & estimate range of K values