Thermal benefits of “solid” construction


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Title: Thermal benefits of “solid” construction

Author(s): Cement Concrete & Aggregates Australia

Publication: CCAA



Appears on pages(s): 6 pages

Keywords: energy efficiency, orientation, mass insulation, glass, thermal mass

Date: 11/1/2002

Recently, attention has been focused on environmental issues, and, in particular, energy efficient construction. Building designers are now taking into consideration the combined use of orientation, mass, insulation and glass, all of which can contribute to the comfort of the occupants, increased energy efficiency and reduced costs to maintain a comfortable living environment. The contribution of thermal mass to the overall performance and energy efficiency of a building has always been recognised, but quantifying the extent, or knowing how various types of solid construction compare has been difficult. A recent research project by the Cement and Concrete Association of Australia (C&CAA), and Concrete Masonry Association of Australia (CMAA), and carried out by the CSIRO, assesses the energy efficiency of various combinations of wall and floor construction, to determine the contributions that thermal mass and insulation can make.

Cement Concrete & Aggregates Australia, International Partner Access.

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