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Title: A study of changes in foundation insulation levels in the United States

Abstract

For almost 10 years the US Department of Energy (DOE) has sponsored a small research effort with. the objective of working with the building industry to see that cost-effective foundation insulation levels are installed in all US buildings. One of the first discoveries in 1983--1984 was that less than 5% of the existing buildings had foundation insulation and less than 30% of new construction included foundation insulation. After producing foundation handbooks, actively working with energy code and standards groups (ASHRAE and Council of American Building Officials: Model Energy Code Committee) conducting told experiments, and developing computer models for predicting energy savings has any measurable progress been made toward the fulfillment of this DOE objective Also, in order to derive maximum energy savings impact for this ongoing research activity, market feedback of progress toward attainment of the objective is needed. Using the network of building experts available to the Building Thermal Envelope Systems and Materials program, a short mail survey was developed, administered, and results analyzed. This study concludes that foundation insulation usage on new residential buildings has increased from 1982 levels of around 25% to 1992 levels of around 50%. Government handbooks and recent changes in local enforced codes andmore » standards are identified as major contributors to this improvement. Progress has been made but more is needed to capture the remaining 40% of the foundations that should be insulated. Several issues are reported as obstacles that need to be overcome to capture the remainder of the foundation market.« less

Authors:
 [1];  [2]
  1. Oak Ridge National Lab., TN (United States)
  2. Saint Mary's Coll., Winona, MN (United States)
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Oak Ridge National Lab., TN (United States); Saint Mary's Coll., Winona, MN (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE; USDOE, Washington, DC (United States)
OSTI Identifier:
7020592
Report Number(s):
ORNL/CON-351
ON: DE93004029
DOE Contract Number:  
AC05-84OR21400
Resource Type:
Technical Report
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
32 ENERGY CONSERVATION, CONSUMPTION, AND UTILIZATION; FOUNDATIONS; THERMAL INSULATION; RESIDENTIAL BUILDINGS; BUILDING CODES; ENERGY EFFICIENCY STANDARDS; SLABS; SURVEYS; USA; BUILDINGS; DEVELOPED COUNTRIES; MECHANICAL STRUCTURES; NORTH AMERICA; STANDARDS; SUPPORTS; 320107* - Energy Conservation, Consumption, & Utilization- Building Systems- (1987-); 320105 - Energy Conservation, Consumption, & Utilization- Building Services- (1987-)

Citation Formats

Christian, J. E., and Voss, M. K. A study of changes in foundation insulation levels in the United States. United States: N. p., 1992. Web. doi:10.2172/7020592.
Christian, J. E., & Voss, M. K. A study of changes in foundation insulation levels in the United States. United States. https://doi.org/10.2172/7020592
Christian, J. E., and Voss, M. K. Thu . "A study of changes in foundation insulation levels in the United States". United States. https://doi.org/10.2172/7020592. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/7020592.
@article{osti_7020592,
title = {A study of changes in foundation insulation levels in the United States},
author = {Christian, J. E. and Voss, M. K.},
abstractNote = {For almost 10 years the US Department of Energy (DOE) has sponsored a small research effort with. the objective of working with the building industry to see that cost-effective foundation insulation levels are installed in all US buildings. One of the first discoveries in 1983--1984 was that less than 5% of the existing buildings had foundation insulation and less than 30% of new construction included foundation insulation. After producing foundation handbooks, actively working with energy code and standards groups (ASHRAE and Council of American Building Officials: Model Energy Code Committee) conducting told experiments, and developing computer models for predicting energy savings has any measurable progress been made toward the fulfillment of this DOE objective Also, in order to derive maximum energy savings impact for this ongoing research activity, market feedback of progress toward attainment of the objective is needed. Using the network of building experts available to the Building Thermal Envelope Systems and Materials program, a short mail survey was developed, administered, and results analyzed. This study concludes that foundation insulation usage on new residential buildings has increased from 1982 levels of around 25% to 1992 levels of around 50%. Government handbooks and recent changes in local enforced codes and standards are identified as major contributors to this improvement. Progress has been made but more is needed to capture the remaining 40% of the foundations that should be insulated. Several issues are reported as obstacles that need to be overcome to capture the remainder of the foundation market.},
doi = {10.2172/7020592},
url = {https://www.osti.gov/biblio/7020592}, journal = {},
number = ,
volume = ,
place = {United States},
year = {1992},
month = {10}
}