Measured energy savings from the application of reflective roofs in two small non-residential buildings

Publication Type

Journal Article

Date Published

07/2003

Authors

Abstract

<p>Energy use and environmental parameters were monitored in two small (14.9 m<sup>2</sup>) non-residential buildings during the summer of 2000. The buildings were initially monitored for about 1 1/2 months to establish a base condition. The roofs of the buildings were then painted with a white coating and the monitoring was continued. The original solar reflectivities of the roofs were about 26%; after the application of roof coatings the reflectivities increased to about 72%. The monitored electricity savings were about 0.5 kWh per day (33 Wh/m<sup>2</sup> per day). The estimated annual savings are about 125 kWh per year (8.4 kWh/m<sup>2</sup>); at a cost of $0.1/kWh, savings are about $0.86/m<sup>2</sup> per year. Obviously, it costs significantly more than this amount to coat the roofs with reflective coating, particularly because of the remote locations of these buildings. However, since the pre-fabricated roofs are already painted green at the factory, painting them a white (reflective) color would bring no additional cost. Hence, a reflective roof saves energy at no incremental cost.</p>

Journal

Energy

Volume

28

Year of Publication

2003

Notes

<p>0360-5442Added to JabRef: 2010.04.16</p>

Issue

9
953

Pagination

953-967
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