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Engineering intelligent structures for energy efficiency
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Paper Abstract

The current philosophy of designing intelligent buildings emphasizes the use of materials whose performance is compatible with thermal environment that changes daily and seasonally. Ideally, engineering designs should incorporate features to reflect as much energy as feasible and store excess thermal energy. This may be for usage during periods when thermal energy is needed for heating. We show that current construction design methods may be improved for energy efficiency, by incorporating an attic as an transitional space for energy storage during summer, and by employing roof materials with high reflectivity in the visible and in the near IR (up to about 1.9 μm). Thus, traditional red or pink brick roofs, potentially glazed or covered with low reflectivity coating, would likely remain (become again) the preferred construction material.

Paper Details

Date Published: 19 September 2016
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 9973, Infrared Remote Sensing and Instrumentation XXIV, 997311 (19 September 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2238570
Show Author Affiliations
M. Strojnik, Univ. de Guadalajara (Mexico)
Ctr. de Investigaciones en Optica (Mexico)
G. Garcia-Torales, Univ. de Guadalajara (Mexico)
M. K. Scholl, Alenka Associates (United States)
T. Kranjc, Univ. of Ljubljana (Slovenia)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9973:
Infrared Remote Sensing and Instrumentation XXIV
Marija Strojnik, Editor(s)

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