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Moisture Handling Expertise Shines at NSB2020: EKA's Juris and Jörgen's Insightful Research

At EKA, we take immense pride in our commitment to advancing the field of building physics, and our experts, Juris Pomerancevs and Jörgen Rogstam, exemplify this dedication. Their recent publication at the 12th Nordic Symposium on Building Physics (NSB2020) in Tallinn showcased their expertise in moisture handling mechanisms, particularly in the context of ice rinks.


Moisture Control in Ice Rinks


Maintaining optimal indoor conditions in ice rinks is vital not only for preserving the quality of the ice surface but also for preventing structural damage and ensuring the comfort of those using these facilities. Juris Pomerancevs and Jörgen Rogstam's paper at NSB2020 delved into the intricate details of moisture handling in ice rinks, shedding light on key insights that are instrumental for the industry.


Field Measurement Analysis


Their research included field measurements conducted in several ice rinks across Sweden. These measurements revealed crucial data points such as indoor temperatures, which typically ranged from +5°C to +10°C, and humidity levels varying between 2.5 to 6.0 gH2O/kg of air. This empirical data forms the foundation for developing effective moisture control strategies.


Identifying Moisture Sources


One of the pivotal findings of their research was the identification of moisture sources. While the presence of people in ice rinks can temporarily increase humidity, it was found that the most critical moisture load is imposed by air leakages. Recognizing these sources is essential for designing efficient dehumidification systems.


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Optimizing Control Strategies


The paper also emphasized the significant impact of control strategies for dehumidification equipment. Proper control is not only crucial for maintaining ideal humidity levels but also for energy efficiency. Ineffective controls can lead to a substantial 30% increase in energy consumption, underscoring the importance of precise management.


The Ideal Humidity Range


Based on their extensive research, Juris Pomerancevs and Jörgen Rogstam concluded that the acceptable setpoint for humidity in ice rinks should fall within the range of 0°C to 2°C dewpoint temperature. This range ensures that the indoor environment supports both ice quality and the structural integrity of the facility.


EKA's Ongoing Commitment to Innovation


At EKA, we are proud to have Juris Pomerancevs and Jörgen Rogstam as part of our team, contributing groundbreaking research to the field of building physics. Their work at NSB2020 is a testament to our commitment to innovation, sustainability, and creating indoor environments that meet the highest standards.


As we continue to push the boundaries of what is possible in building physics, you can trust EKA to provide cutting-edge solutions and insights for your projects. Juris Pomerancevs and Jörgen Rogstam's research is just one example of how we strive to make buildings better, more efficient, and more comfortable for everyone.


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