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Title:Comparative Heating Performance: Insulated School vs. Uninsulated School
Author(s):Brotherson, Donald E.
Abstract:A well-insulated building will consume less energy for heating purposes than a building with less insulation, but the economic justification is not always clear. Two schools of similar size and construction, with the exception of the amount of insulation in the walls and roof, were made available to the University of Illinois Small Homes Council-Building Research Council and the Northern Illinois Gas Company for a cooperative investigation. The primary purpose of this investigation was to determine if it was economically justifiable to invest in the additional insulation. After two years of observation and data collection, it was concluded that, as applied to these two schools, both of which had gas hydronic heating systems, the additional insulation saved enough on operating costs to justify the additional installed cost of the insulation. Further analysis indicated that, since the "uninsulated" school already had some insulation in the roof system, the additional cost of the insulation applied to the roof system in the insulated school could not be justified on a comparative basis while the insulation applied to the wall system proved to be a worthwhile investment.
Issue Date:1968
Publisher:Small Homes Council - University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
Series/Report:Research Report 68-2
Genre:Technical Report
Sponsor:Northern Illinois Gas Company
American Gas Association
Rights Information:Copyright 1968 Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois
Date Available in IDEALS:2014-09-23

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