The effect of the optical properties of roofs and walls on the thermal and energy performance of commercial buildings

Aldo Fanchiotti, Stefano Braconi, Christian Gentile, Michele Zinzi

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Abstract

The optical properties of the external opaque surfaces (roofs and walls) affect the thermal behaviour of buildings and their energy requirements. The paper e xplores this complex field with the objective of selecting the optical properties of roofs and walls, granting the best performance, i.e., the minimum energy consumption, given the climate conditions and the other building's features. The research is based on a vast parametric study, conducted by simulating a typical office building, by means of the TRNSYS code, varying and combining a number of parameters. The study has generated several hundred sets of results, allowing comparisons that, in turns, provide guidelines for selecting the best type of skin properties to adopt in given conditions.

Conference

ConferenceSolar 2007: Sustainable Energy Puts America to Work, Including 36th ASES Annual Conference, 32nd National Passive Solar Conference and 2nd Renewable Energy Policy and Marketing Conference
CountryUnited States
Period1/1/07 → …

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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment

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Fanchiotti, A., Braconi, S., Gentile, C., & Zinzi, M. (2007). The effect of the optical properties of roofs and walls on the thermal and energy performance of commercial buildings. Paper presented at Solar 2007: Sustainable Energy Puts America to Work, Including 36th ASES Annual Conference, 32nd National Passive Solar Conference and 2nd Renewable Energy Policy and Marketing Conference, United States.