Wall Insulation Materials in Different Climate Zones: A Review on Challenges and Opportunities of Available Alternatives

Yitong Dong, Jiashu Kong, Seyedmostafa Mousavi, Behzad Rismanchi*, Pow Seng Yap*

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Abstract

Buildings account for nearly one-third of overall energy consumption in today’s world energy status, in which a considerable part is used for indoor conditioning. Energy efficiency enhancement of buildings components and technologies is a key priority, given the essential need for carbon neutrality and climate change mitigation around the world. Exterior wall insulation is considered as the most effective technology for protecting buildings against continual ambient fluctuations. Proper design and implementation of wall insulation would lead to performance enhancement, energy conservation as well as improved thermal comfort. They can also protect building structures against corrosion and heat fatigue, extending the life of buildings. There are many different types of thermal insulation materials currently on the market, each with its own set of thermal qualities and functionality. This paper aims to examine the qualities, benefits, and drawbacks of several exterior wall insulation technologies, and provide recommendations for how to use various forms of exterior wall insulation in different climates.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)38-65
Number of pages28
JournalThermo
Volume3
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2023

Keywords

  • building material
  • climate change
  • climate zones
  • energy efficiency
  • energy saving
  • exterior wall insulation

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