Developing a Didactic Thermal Chamber for Building Envelope Material Testing

  • Bechara NehmeEmail author
  • Fadi Moucharrafie
  • Tilda Akiki
  • Rida Nuwayhid
  • Paul Abi Khattar Zgheib
  • Barbar Zeghondy
Conference paper
Part of the Smart Innovation, Systems and Technologies book series (SIST, volume 163)


In this paper, we present a didactic thermal chamber. This chamber has been developed for educating architecture students about building envelopes and their effects on resident comfort. The chamber is equipped with an instrumentation system capable of recording temperature data for different geometric points on the chamber. The chamber was successfully used to compare the thermal transmittance behavior of building blocks using different compositions. Results showed that adding polystyrene aggregate in the traditional cavity concrete block increases its thermal resistivity by 50%. With the developed apparatus, students are able to understand and visualize the thermal behavior of buildings.


Thermal chamber Building envelope Instrumentation system Thermal resistivity U-value 



The Authors would like to thank the HCR (Higher Center of Research) of the Holy Spirit University of Kaslik (USEK) and the CNRS-L (The National Council for Scientific Research–Lebanon) for their financial support to the project.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Engineering, Department of Electrical, Telecommunications and Computer EngineeringHoly Spirit University of Kaslik (USEK)JouniehLebanon
  2. 2.School of Architecture and Design, Architecture DepartmentHoly Spirit University of Kaslik (USEK)JouniehLebanon
  3. 3.Maroun Semaan Faculty of Engineering & Architecture, Department of Mechanical EngineeringAmerican University of Beirut (AUB)BeirutLebanon
  4. 4.Department of Mechanical EngineeringHoly Spirit University of Kaslik (USEK)JouniehLebanon

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