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Radiant Barrier Case Study: Lakeland Habitat for Humanity

As energy continues to become the focal point of governmental concern in the U.S., the U.S. Department of Energy continues to take strides in building and improving programs that encourage energy stewardship. One such program is the Builders Challenge, which recognizes energy leadership in homebuilding. Here is a case study of a Habitat for Humanity energy-efficient home development in Lakeland, Florida. The goal of the homes was not only to provide affordable housing from a first cost perspective, but to also build homes that were also affordable to live in.

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Radiant Barrier Expected to Grow 34.8% by 2016

According to a report from ReportsnReports, radiant barrier and reflective insulation products are expected to grow 8.7% per year through 2016.

Demand for radiant barrier and reflective insulation is forecast to rise 8.7% per year through 2016. The rebounding housing market will boost demand, with further gains supported by increases in industrial and nonresidential building construction spending. Growth will be concentrated in the South and West regions, as structures in those regions are more often exposed to sunlight, and thus best benefit from the use of radiant barriers and reflective insulation.

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How to Use Super R® Radiant Barrier Products

A significant amount of radiant heat passes through your attic. Radiant heat can pass through the roof, then pass into your home. This causes your home to get hotter in the summer, and colder as it passes through the roof in the winter. Your air conditioner or heater heats or cools the air in your home. Radiant heat escapes through the roof of your home in the winter, and passes through the roof in the summer. This makes your home appliances work harder to keep the desired temperature. Both factors cause your energy usage to increase to maintain the temperature you set. When you are looking to cut back on your energy usage, you may consider using our radiant barrier products. This product reflects the radiant heat back into your home in the winter, and back outside in the summer. This makes the home appliance units not have to work as hard, lowering your energy usage.

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How Radiant Barrier Could Be Installed in a RV?

Radiant insulation is a durable material that makes it easy to increase your enjoyment of your RV while also protecting it. Simple to handle and install, insulation provides a barrier between the surface onto which it’s applied and the harmful effects of the sun. The following six ways can jump-start your creativity when protecting your RV with radiant insulation.

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How Do Radiant Barriers Offer Environmentally Friendly Savings?

A radiant barrier is very environmentally friendly, and since it saves on heating and cooling bills, it is a very green energy resource. Building experts use the term "building envelope" to refer to the entire package that keeps a house or business comfortable. This implies stopping leaks of heat, or cool air in summer, as well as blocking out unwanted heat or cold, which is where a radiant barrier is effective. There are several aspects to cooling or heating a home, and no one thing is the answer to all your utility bills. It is the combination of all of them that is most effective.

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How Effective Are Radiant Barriers?

Radiant barriers are effective in reducing cooling bills in areas that are hot by blocking some of the heat that your roof absorbs from the sun in summer. The hotter the weather or climate, the more effective a radiant barrier is. Some say they are not effective in cold weather, but others contend they can be used to reflect heat back inside a house that would otherwise escape through the roof. Still, radiant barriers are most effective in high temperature areas.

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How Does RF Shielding Work?

It may seem unlikely that a house wrap that offers RF shielding can really help with energy savings, but it is true. The RF shielding can be used in crawl spaces, attics, garages, basements, and other areas, to stop the transfer of heat and cold from one place to another. It is an excellent way to provide a strong, radiant barrier around a home, or between one part and another part. For example, between the basement and the first floor, or between the garage and the living space in the house. Before deciding if this option is right for you, it is important to understand how it works, exactly what it does, and the best ways to use it.

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How Can a Radiant Barrier Help Your RV Health?

A radiant barrier provides an alternative method for insulating that is unlike any conventional insulation material. A radiant barrier works by radiating warmth from its surface toward other objects that are cooler. This makes it’s an ideal material to conserve energy and increase comfort levels in a variety of applications. While most people think about using insulation in their homes, applying the right type of insulating material in your RV can provide impressive benefits as well.

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What are the Cost Saving with a Radiant Barrier?

Radiant barriers are a good investment in a home or business, as they will save money on cooling costs over a summer. The warmer the weather, the more effective the barrier will be. There are a lot of factors that go into it, but the government website, energy.com, says people can save five to 10 percent on cooling bills. Manufacturers say a person can save 17 percent, but either way, that is a substantial savings and should more than pay for the cost of the radiant barrier.

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What Do You Need to Know About House Wrap?

House wrap is a moisture and air barrier, and also provides a radiant barrier that helps to reduce heating and cooling costs by acting as an additional form of insulation. Do I need house wrap on a shed? You don't technically need house wrap on a shed, but it can provide a barrier that will help protect the inside of the shed and the contents from heat, cold, dust, and moisture.

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