The creation of this laboratory has been possible thanks to the University of Valladolid and the Technical School of Architecture for the cession of the necessary spaces. The ventilation and conditioning chamber, as well as its equipment,
has been obtained thanks to the grants obtained on the following projects:
- Project EFIVEN ref. ARQ2002-02177, Ministry of Science ant Technology, from 03/03/2003 to 02/03/2006.
- Project OPABAD ref. BIA2006-05718, Ministry of Science ant Technology, from 01/10/2006 to 30/09/2009.
- Project DESOALEE ref. 26562, Ministry of Housing, from 01/01/2008 to 31/12/2009.
To impose the desired conditions of temperature and dehumidification inside the chamber a HVAC (heat pump) Saunier Duval, model SDCE/HE 105T D/K/F with resistance battery, is used.
The weather station installed in the roof of the E.T.S. Architectural School provides with weather information necessary for the hygrothermical factors and conditions evaluation. The installed equipments consists of: anemometer;
barometer with outside temperature sensor; pluviometer, UV sensor and pyranometer.
Airtightness analysis in indoor spaces is executed with the controlled pressurization system BlowerDoor.
This system evaluates the differential pressures between the inside and the outside when causing the controlled pressurization of the indoor space. The obtained results provide with necessary information to determine airtightness that are produced due to execution defects of the enclosure.
The thermographic cameras let researchers at Laboratorio de Ventilación assess the presence of infiltrations on building components.
The Laboratory relies on a slew of sensors in order to measure various air related magnitudes, which data collection is centralized in a logger network. That way, the characterization of experimental conditions needed for the validation of cases and hypothesis is possible.
A 19-meter duct intended for natural convection passive ventilation research. It is built from PVC and wrapped with rockwool panels 5 centimeters thick in order to achieve thermal independency from its environment.
It has a series of holes placed in regular intervals to accomodate the placement of measuring probes.