Relying on reference cases when evaluating new technical solutions? Evaluation of technical documentation in a case study
Paper i proceeding, 2020

Serial failures have occurred when introducing new technical solutions in the Swedish construction industry. In an earlier interview study exploring introduction of new technical solutions, documentation and reference cases provided by the supplier are given as the main sources for evaluation. This paper aims at addressing the questions: 1. What kind of documentation concerning building physics are provided by suppliers? 2. How well does the suppliers' documentation meet the need for verification? In order to address these questions, the case of hygrothermal performance of cross laminated timber structures in multifamily dwellings was chosen. An inquiry of data was sent out to four suppliers at the Swedish market, asking for documentation and reference cases provided. Based on the documentation given, an assessment was made of to which extend the documentation can support verification of appliance to the relevant requirements of the Swedish building regulations. The case study shows reference cases are scarce and existing documentation is not comprehensive, thus indicating the building industry might have a disproportional high confidence in reference cases. The results will be used to suggest requirements for reference cases to be used for verification.


Charlotte Svensson Tengberg


Chalmers, Arkitektur och samhällsbyggnadsteknik, Byggnadsteknologi

Carl-Eric Hagentoft

Chalmers, Arkitektur och samhällsbyggnadsteknik, Byggnadsteknologi

E3S Web of Conferences

25550403 (ISSN) 22671242 (eISSN)

Vol. 172 10007

12th Nordic Symposium on Building Physics, NSB 2020
Tallinn, Estonia,


Biblioteks- och informationsvetenskap


Miljöanalys och bygginformationsteknik



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