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Abstract or summary

This study forms part of an in-depth

investigation of the critical issue of earth contact heat transfer to and from buildings. The overall research project involved in situ measurements, extensive simulation work and design guide calculations of heat loss through the ground

from different real buildings. The results obtained from the application, where possible, of established calculation procedures are presented

here in comparison with data obtained directly from full-scale experimental studies. It is shown that in some cases, when applicable,

the methods used here agree relatively well with each other. However, di4erent design methods can lead to very di4erent estimations of earth-related heat losses.