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Radiant barriers

by Joan P. Crowe, AIA
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Consumers in warm U.S. climates use significant amounts of electricity to cool their houses. And the price of electricity dramatically has increased because of higher costs to produce it and short supply. In response to these problems, government agencies are looking for ways to conserve energy by improving houses' energy efficiency. One approach some states are advocating is the use of radiant barriers.

Studies by the Florida Solar Energy Center (FSEC) have shown cooling costs can be reduced if houses use radiant barriers. However, NRCA has some concerns about the effects radiant barriers may have on roof assemblies.

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