Insulation: Facilities

Authored by: Wendell A. Porter

Encyclopedia of Environmental Management

Print publication date:  December  2012
Online publication date:  December  2012

Print ISBN: 9781439829271
eBook ISBN: 9781351235860
Adobe ISBN:

10.1081/E-EEM-120042091

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Abstract

In this entry, insulation materials and techniques are described in detail. The advantages and disadvantages of the most popular materials and their manufacturing processes are discussed. Information concerning new and emerging techniques and materials is also included. The concept of a building envelope is explained and descriptions of each major building component, such as floors, ceilings and walls, are illustrated in detail. The proper installation methods for each major type of insulation are explained in both the text and in illustrations. These methods are repeated for the different types of wall construction, frame, masonry, and insulated concrete. The concept of a radiant barrier is also explained, along with related installation instructions.

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