Sensitivity analysis of attic radiant barrier performance to climate and local environmental variables in the United States

Somayeh Asadi, Marwa Hassan

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Abstract

The objective of this study is to assess the sensitivity of attic radiant barrier performance to different climate parameters such as ambient air temperature, solar radiation, relative humidity, and wind speed. In order to achieve this objective, the benefits of attic radiant barrier were quantified by employing a validated estimating tool under different climatic conditions in the United States. The percentage reduction in ceiling heat flux and its potential economic savings due to the application of radiant barrier insulation system was calculated in 50 cities in each state of the U.S. Results showed that the reductions in heat transfer attributed to radiant barrier insulation materials are very sensitive to the local climate conditions. It was concluded that among the climate parameters, ambient air temperature, humidity, and latitude had the greatest effects on the required ceiling heating-cooling load in residential buildings.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationISEC 2013 - 7th International Structural Engineering and Construction Conference
Subtitle of host publicationNew Developments in Structural Engineering and Construction
EditorsSiamak Yazdani, Amarjit Singh
PublisherResearch Publishing Services
Pages1487-1492
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9810753551, 9789810753559
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2013
Event7th International Structural Engineering and Construction Conference: New Developments in Structural Engineering and Construction, ISEC 2013 - Honolulu, United States
Duration: Jun 18 2013Jun 23 2013

Other

Other7th International Structural Engineering and Construction Conference: New Developments in Structural Engineering and Construction, ISEC 2013
CountryUnited States
CityHonolulu
Period6/18/136/23/13

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Building and Construction

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    Asadi, S., & Hassan, M. (2013). Sensitivity analysis of attic radiant barrier performance to climate and local environmental variables in the United States. In S. Yazdani, & A. Singh (Eds.), ISEC 2013 - 7th International Structural Engineering and Construction Conference: New Developments in Structural Engineering and Construction (pp. 1487-1492). Research Publishing Services. https://doi.org/10.3850/978-981-07-5354-2-H-4-182