Simulation and Evaluation of Passive Energy Technology in Residential Space

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Comparisons are presented of predictions from a reasonably complete computer model simulating the heat transfer in residential spaces to actual measurements taken from a room space configured with two passive energy-conserving technologies: radiant barrier insulation and highly reflective ceramic paint. Closely correlated temperature responses are presented in comparative graphs validating the model as a quantitative design tool for use in previewing the merits of these new technology products. Energy usage data from a model home is included that indicates cost recovery in less than one year and supports the use of the energy-saving technologies.


Ceramic coatings; Computer simulation; Energy conservation; Heat – Transmission; Heat transfer model; Insulation (Heat); Radiant barrier insulations; Residential utility cost savings


Heat Transfer, Combustion | Mechanical Engineering | Oil, Gas, and Energy | Sustainability


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