[Strawbale] Convection in SB walls

Jan Hollan jhollan at amper....muni.cz
Wed Dec 8 23:59:52 CET 2010

> I've wondered what can be done about this. Convection needs height to
> really get going so I wonder if some less permeable layer laid
> horizontally between the layers of bales might reduce it some.

My guess is it makes it worse, in the wall. It is not a pleasant thought 
for me, as I have insulated this way (using cardboard or paper) one wall 
already. It is better to let the air flow along the wall, as it makes no 
harm. The more convection cells spanning the full width of the insulation 
layer, the worse.

The airflow/convection barrier should be perpendicular to the heat flux, 
like panes in the window. This is easy in roofspace insulation (two 
layers of small bales or many sheets of straw from jumbo bales). I'm doing 
it on walls as well, using one decimetre thick sheets from large bales put 
into a light wooden framework.

Some maths concerning that is deep within the list archive... March and 
April 2005. Something more on that is in Czech only,

yours moderator and list almost-no-reader

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