Radiant Energy Transfer And Radiant Barrier Systems In Buildings
Radiant Barriers; Buildings
In Florida and other southern climates we depend on a number of strategies to keep heat out of buildings. Mostly, these affect heat gains by conduction or convection. In the average house, insulating walls and ceilings primarily restricts conduction. Double-glazed windows restrict both conductive and convective heat gain. We have largely ignored radiation - the third means of heat transfer - except in using window treatments and coatings that reflect, absorb or shade from solar energy. But research points to exciting potential forreducing heat gain in buildings by controlling radiation transfer in walls and ceilings through the use of radiant barriers.
Buildings - Radiant Barriers
Florida Solar Energy Center and Fairey, Philip, "Radiant Energy Transfer And Radiant Barrier Systems In Buildings" (1986). FSEC Energy Research Center®. 1008.