BIO.MOD Indices Application Examples

  • Eva BarreiraEmail author
  • Vasco Peixoto de Freitas
Part of the SpringerBriefs in Applied Sciences and Technology book series (BRIEFSAPPLSCIENCES)


As an example of the practical use of the BIO.MOD indices, surface humidification hazard classes were defined for ETICS-covered façades located in Portuguese continental territory. A risk map was created using the BIO.MOD3 index, on an annual basis, calculated with the results of numerical simulation for the same wall, facing north and south, and located in main towns of Portugal.


Wind Velocity Atmospheric Radiation Interior Temperature Surface Condensation Total Thermal Resistance 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Civil Engineering, Faculty of EngineeringUniversity of PortoPortoPortugal
  2. 2.Department of Civil Engineering, Faculty of EngineeringUniversity of PortoPortoPortugal

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