Solar Decathlon: sealing methods for prefabricated facade panels used for renovating post-war high-rise


– Stéphanie Van Linden –

The reduced construction time on site and the reduced cost when prefabricated façade panels are used, can convince co-owners of post-war housing blocks to renovate the building.

The study of Stéphanie Van Linden tries to give an answer to the question how to seal the joint between the different panels in a way that the joint is airtight and watertight. In the laboratory the influence of 4 different parameters (the subsurface, windpressure, wind-driven rain and the intersection between the joints) on the airtightness and watertightness of the different sealing materials was tested.