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Energies 2017, 10(12), 2000; doi:10.3390/en10122000

A Comparative Study of Energy Performance of Fumed Silica Vacuum Insulation Panels in an Apartment Building

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Department of Architectural Engineering, Seoil University, Seoul 02192, Korea
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Department of Security, Land, Disaster Management, Konkuk University, Seoul 05029, Korea
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Architectural Engineering Department, King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals (KFUPM), Dhahran 31261, Saudi Arabia
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Received: 14 October 2017 / Revised: 23 November 2017 / Accepted: 28 November 2017 / Published: 1 December 2017
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Building insulation materials has a significant impact on building energy consumptions. However, conventional materials are easily flammable and can cause fire disasters in buildings. Therefore, it is important to select appropriate insulation materials for building energy efficiency and safety and Vacuum Insulation Panels (VIPs) are increasingly applied to building insulation. Considering this, the present study investigates energy performance of VIPs with design alternatives, such as window systems, infiltration rates, etc., by using energy simulation. Among various VIPs, fumes silica VIPs were chosen. In addition, eight combinations were compared to find the best energy efficient design conditions. The results of the present study showed that building energy performance can be improved with an appropriate combination of design options including fumed silica VIPs. View Full-Text
Keywords: fumed silica Vacuum Insulation Panels; energy simulation; heating load; cooling load fumed silica Vacuum Insulation Panels; energy simulation; heating load; cooling load
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Lim, T.; Seok, J.; Kim, D.D. A Comparative Study of Energy Performance of Fumed Silica Vacuum Insulation Panels in an Apartment Building. Energies 2017, 10, 2000.

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