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Title: Experimental evaluation of attic radiant barriers

Abstract

This paper presents the results of ASHRAE Research Project 577-RP, Attic Radiant Barrier Systems, an experimental study to evaluate the impact of radiant barrier systems on summer cooling loads in residential buildings. A simulated attic was built inside the entire area of a 24-ft by 12-ft environmental chamber. A total of 72 steady-state experiments were conducted. Roof temperature varied from attic ventilation varied from 0 to 2.0 cfm/ft{sup 2} and nominal R-11 and R-19 insulations were used in the experiments. Three radiant barrier configurations were used: under the roof deck between the rafters, directly over the ceiling insulation, and with no radiant barrier. Additional experiments were conducted to examine the movement of ventilation air inside the attic. The results show reductions in attic heat gains ranging from 17% to 26% with no ventilation and from 24% to 42% when the attic was ventilated. The location of the radiant barrier had little effect on ceiling heat gain. In addition to reducing ceiling heat gains, the radiant barrier mounted under the roof reduced attic temperatures 10 F to 15 F (6 C to 8 C) under typical conditions. The radiant barrier mounted over the ceiling insulation had a lesser effect on atticmore » air temperature. Soffit-to-ridge ventilation was more effective in reducing ceiling heat gains than gable-to-gable ventilation.« less

Authors:
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  1. Kansas State Univ., Manhattan, KS (United States)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
392457
Report Number(s):
CONF-960254-
Journal ID: ISSN 0001-2505; TRN: IM9647%%311
Resource Type:
Book
Resource Relation:
Conference: Winter meeting of American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers, Atlanta, GA (United States), 17-21 Feb 1996; Other Information: PBD: 1996; Related Information: Is Part Of ASHRAE transactions 1996: Technical and symposium papers. Volume 102, Part 1; PB: 1278 p.
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
32 ENERGY CONSERVATION, CONSUMPTION, AND UTILIZATION; HOUSES; ATTICS; RADIANT HEAT TRANSFER; HEAT MIRRORS; PERFORMANCE; HEAT FLUX; EXPERIMENTAL DATA

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Al-Asmar, H.R., Jones, B.W., and Matteson, D.K.. Experimental evaluation of attic radiant barriers. United States: N. p., 1996. Web.
Al-Asmar, H.R., Jones, B.W., & Matteson, D.K.. Experimental evaluation of attic radiant barriers. United States.
Al-Asmar, H.R., Jones, B.W., and Matteson, D.K.. Fri . "Experimental evaluation of attic radiant barriers". United States.
@article{osti_392457,
title = {Experimental evaluation of attic radiant barriers},
author = {Al-Asmar, H.R. and Jones, B.W. and Matteson, D.K.},
abstractNote = {This paper presents the results of ASHRAE Research Project 577-RP, Attic Radiant Barrier Systems, an experimental study to evaluate the impact of radiant barrier systems on summer cooling loads in residential buildings. A simulated attic was built inside the entire area of a 24-ft by 12-ft environmental chamber. A total of 72 steady-state experiments were conducted. Roof temperature varied from attic ventilation varied from 0 to 2.0 cfm/ft{sup 2} and nominal R-11 and R-19 insulations were used in the experiments. Three radiant barrier configurations were used: under the roof deck between the rafters, directly over the ceiling insulation, and with no radiant barrier. Additional experiments were conducted to examine the movement of ventilation air inside the attic. The results show reductions in attic heat gains ranging from 17% to 26% with no ventilation and from 24% to 42% when the attic was ventilated. The location of the radiant barrier had little effect on ceiling heat gain. In addition to reducing ceiling heat gains, the radiant barrier mounted under the roof reduced attic temperatures 10 F to 15 F (6 C to 8 C) under typical conditions. The radiant barrier mounted over the ceiling insulation had a lesser effect on attic air temperature. Soffit-to-ridge ventilation was more effective in reducing ceiling heat gains than gable-to-gable ventilation.},
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place = {United States},
year = {Fri Nov 01 00:00:00 EST 1996},
month = {Fri Nov 01 00:00:00 EST 1996}
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