Will insulation always bring benefits in energy saving and thermal comfort?

Guan, Li-Shan (2010) Will insulation always bring benefits in energy saving and thermal comfort? In Teng, J.G. (Ed.) Proceedings of the First International Conference on Sustainable Urbanization ICSU 2010, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Faculty of Construction and Land Use, China, Hong Kong , 1925-1934 .

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Building insulation is often used to reduce the conduction heat transfer through building envelope. With a higher level of insulation (or a greater R-value), the less the conduction heat would transfer through building envelope. In this paper, using building computer simulation techniques, the effects of building insulation levels on the thermal and energy performance of a sample air-conditioned office building in Australia are studied. It is found that depending on the types of buildings and the climates of buildings located, increasing the level of building insulation will not always bring benefits in energy saving and thermal comfort, particularly for internal-load dominated office buildings located in temperate/tropical climates. The possible implication of building insulation in face of global warming has also been examined. Compared with the influence of insulation on building thermal performance, the influence on building energy use is relatively small.

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ID Code: 40988
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Building Insulation, Energy Saving, Thermal Comfort, Building Simulation
ISBN: 9789881731104
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > BUILDING (120200) > Building Science and Techniques (120202)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > ENGINEERING DESIGN (120400) > Engineering Systems Design (120404)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering
Past > Schools > School of Engineering Systems
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2010 Faculty of Construction and Land Use, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University.
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