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Performance-Based Building Design

Hens, Hugo

Performance-Based Building Design

From Below Grade to Floors, Walls, Roofs, Windows and Finishes

2., improved Edition - March 2024
  • XXVIII, 564 pages
  • 134 figures
  • 155 tables
  • Softcover
  • English
ISBN: 978-3-433-03439-2

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This book applies knowledge from building physics to the design and construction of buildings and the performance requirements for individual building parts, such as walls, roofs, windows, etc. Risks caused by typical deficiencies are considered. A textbook and practical guide.

About the author

Dr. Ir. Hugo S.L.C. Hens is an emeritus professor of the University of Leuven (KU Leuven), Belgium. Until 1972, he worked as a structural engineer and site supervisor at a mid-sized architectural office. After the sudden death of his predecessor and promotor Professor A. de Grave in 1975 and after defending his PhD thesis, he stepwise built up the Department of Building Physics at the Department of Civil Engineering.

He taught Building Physics from 1975 to 2003, performance based building design from 1975 to 2005 and building services from 1975 to 1977 and 1990 to 2008. He authored and co-authored 68 peer reviewed journal papers and 174 conference papers about the research done, has helped to manage hundreds of building damage cases and acted as coordinator of the CIB W40 working group on Heat and Mass Transfer in Buildings from 1983 to 1993. Between 1986 and 2008, he was operating agent of the Annexes 14, 24, 32 and 41 of the IEA EXCO on Energy in Buildings and Communities. He is a fellow of the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE).