Influence of insulation configuration on heating and cooling loads in a continuously used building

Summary

Focuses on the energy performance of buildings containing massive exterior building envelope components. Analyses the effect of mass and insulation on heating and cooling loads for six characteristic wall configurations. Discusses correlations between structural and dynamic thermal characteristics of walls. Analyses a simple one-room model of a building exposed to periodic temperature changes to illustrate the effect of material configuration on the ability of a wall to dampen interior temperature swings. Employs whole-building dynamic modelling using DOE-2.1E for the energy analysis of a one-storey residential building with various exterior wall configurations for six different US climates. States the best thermal performance is obtained when massive material layers are located at the inner side and directly exposed to the interior space.

Primary Author(s): Kossecka E, Kosny J

Source: Energy and Bldgs., 2002, vol.34, no.4, 321-331, 7 figs, 5 tabs, 24 refs.

             BSRIA Abstract Doc 000103187 Abs 20020336

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