Vernacular architecture in the Mediterranean area has some peculiarities; one of them is the use of light colors for the building envelope to reduce solar gains during the hot summer period. Cool materials merge ancient concepts and new technological solutions in modern buildings. Cool materials can be used for the building skins and for urban applications. They are characterized by high thermal emissivity and higher solar reflectance than that of conventional construction and building materials, thus reducing the heat released to the ambient air by convection and to the built environment through conduction. The various technologies available on the market, as well as innovative technologies still in the research phase, are described. Potentialities and limits of the technology for building and urban applications are presented via numerical analyses; case studies of cool roof application are also presented.
|Title of host publication||Energy Performance of Buildings: Energy Efficiency and Built Environment in Temperate Climates|
|Publisher||Springer International Publishing|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Jan 2015|
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Materials Science(all)