# [Bldg-sim] comparing insulated core masonry block with stick built

Jeff Haberl jeffhaberl at tees.tamus.edu
Sat Jan 19 11:41:23 PST 2008

```There have also been extensive studies of this by Christiansen and Kosney at ORNL using FD methods. Bottom line one can reasonably estimate the impact with transfer functions and layered walls by proportioning the walls.

Jeff
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Subject: [Bldg-sim] comparing insulated core masonry block with stick built

I’m doing a modeling comparison in REM/Rate of two identical houses except one has 8” insulated core masonry block walls whereas the second has 4” wood stud insulated walls. Both walls end up having comparable U values. REM/Rate shows negligible difference in energy usage. I am suspicious that REM/Rate does not model the thermal bridging and mass features very well. Would I be better served performing this comparison in DOE-2 or would the results not be that much different?

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