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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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Radiant Barrier Benefits in a RV

Recreational Vehicles are typically poorly insulated because of wall and ceiling space limitations. Super R® Plus, Tempshield® and Temptrol® radiant barriers reflect up to 95 percent of the radiant heat entering or leaving the vehicle.

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Radiant Barrier and the Environment

Traditional mass insulation like foam or fiberglass has to be replaced every several years because they compress and contract, making them less effective. In addition, those materials can "off-gas" as they compress and release harmful particles in the air.

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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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