BSERT Journal focuses on U values and overheating

Technical journal free resource to CIBSE members through the members’ area

CIBSE Journal November 2016 news overheating BSERT

The difficulty of predicting overheating and the consequences of making the wrong assumptions about U-values are two of the issues addressed in the latest issue of the Building Services Engineering Research & Technology (BSERT) Journal.

A paper by M E Eames demonstrates a method of creating probabilistic design summer years (DSYs), containing overheating events, that can be used to inform designers of the overheating risk.

The paper on retrofit solutions for solid-wall dwellings in England, by Loucari et al, found that uncertainties in the solid-wall U-value could lead to a gap between anticipated and actual energy performance.

BSERT is available free to CIBSE members through the members area at The journal covers energy and environmental services in buildings, including: heating, ventilation, air conditioning, electrical services, acoustics, water supply and sanitation, and vertical transport.