Quantifying Thermal Bridge Effects and Assessing Retrofit Solutions in a Greek Residential Building
Journal article, 2017

Material and component performances are blunt instruments for appraising the thermal performance of structures. A certain amount of consumed energy is attributable to the interaction of building fabric components, where thermal bridges occur. This paper analyses the thermal bridging effect and provides a number of modelled, cost-effective retrofit approaches in Greek single family houses, in order to address thermal bridges and improve the building's energy performance. The impact of thermal bridging on the overall annual heating load was estimated at 13%. The investigated retrofit solutions achieved a decrease of the annual heating energy requirement of 4-10%. The sunspace achieved the highest energy reduction of 10%, offering ‘free’ solar heating at a reasonable payback period.

Building thermal simulation

Cost-Benefit Analysis

Heat loss



Thermal bridges



Stella Kotti

Despoina Teli

Chalmers, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Building Services Engineering

Patrick James

Procedia Environmental Sciences

1878-0296 (ISSN)

Vol. 38 306-313

Driving Forces

Sustainable development

Areas of Advance


Subject Categories

Other Civil Engineering

Building Technologies

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