Foundation heat transfer algorithm for detailed building energy programs Conference Paper uri icon


  • This paper describes an algorithm that calculates heat transfer between the ground and buildings. The algorithm can handle more than 37 building foundation/insulation configurations, including basements, slabs, and crawl spaces with full, partial, and no insulation. The solution method on which the algorithm is based is outlined. The required input data are described and references are listed to help the user determine the appropriate values for some of the input parameters. As an application of the algorithm, analyses of the effect of the insulation configuration on heat transfer from both slabs and basements are briefly presented. Spectral sensitivity analysis is conducted to determine the effect of cyclic changes of indoor and outdoor temperature on foundation heat transfer. Finally, implementation of the foundation heat transfer calculation algorithm in a commonly used hourly building simulation program is demonstrated.

published proceedings

  • ASHRAE Transactions

author list (cited authors)

  • Krarti, M., Claridge, D. E., & Kreider, J. F.

complete list of authors

  • Krarti, M||Claridge, DE||Kreider, JF

publication date

  • December 1994