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Research needs and existing programs supporting the role of insulation products in buildings are discussed from the component, envelope and total energy system viewpoint. Needs which dictate continued industry effort to develop knowledge of the thermal performance of individual building components (walls, attics, etc.) are outlined, and a specific research program in the area of attic thermal performance is described. Needs are also outlined for work to more adequately describe interaction effects which occur when components are combined into total envelopes. This theme is carried further to describe work needed to quantify the effects that heating, ventilating, and air-conditioning equipment, distribution equipment, and control devices have on energy consumption. Throughout, note is also taken of the desirability of coupled programs of experimental and analytical research aimed at developing experimentally validated mathematical models of components, total envelopes, and total building energy systems which can be used with confidence to generalize the experimental results.
research, insulation, thermal performance, components, systems, analytical, experimental, thermal insulation
Research manager, Research & Development Division, Building Research Laboratory, Owens-Corning Fiberglas Corp., Granville, Ohio