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The Effect of High SRI Roofing Finishes Across Climate Zones in the U.S.

Abstract The intent of this research is to determine if cool roofs lead to increased energy use in the U.S. and if so, in what climates. Directed by the LEED environmental building rating system, cool roofs are increasingly specified in an attempt to mitigate urban heat island effect. A typical single story retail building was simulated using eQUEST energy software across seven different climatic zones in the U.S.. Two roof types are varied, one with a low solar reflectance index of 30 (typical bituminous roof), and a roof with SRI of 90 (high performing membrane roof). The model also varied the perimeter / core fraction, internal loads, and schedule of operations. The data suggests a certain point at which a high SRI roofing finish results in ener... (more)
Created Date 2011
Contributor Lee, John Joon (Author) / Bryan, Harvey (Advisor) / Marlin, Marlin (Committee member) / Ramalingam, Muthukumar (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Architecture / Architectural engineering / Materials Science / Climatic design / Cool Roof / Environmental Design / LEED / Solar Reflectance Index / SRI
Type Masters Thesis
Extent 49 pages
Language English
Reuse Permissions All Rights Reserved
Note M.S. Built Environment 2011
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
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