The energy-saving technologies at the heart of the Radiant Barrier, or RBA, have been around for decades.
They’re the same technology used to protect buildings, but the Radiant Bases themselves are designed to last much longer, with more than twice the energy efficiency of traditional insulation.
The Radiant Barrier can also be made to take up to 10 times less space in a space than standard insulation.
This is not a great trade-off.
It can be difficult to find an RBA that’s good for the environment.
The International Energy Agency has recommended the RBA for energy-efficiency and climate protection.
It is, however, only recommended for buildings that are at least 30 years old.
To keep up with the RAB’s longevity, the IEA recommends that the RA use standard insulation and install a heating element in each unit, as well as installing the RBB’s energy-absorbing panels in all of its units.
This can be done, but there’s no easy way to do this.
This article is based on a presentation from a project I led at the National Institute of Standards and Technology in 2013.
The full talk is available at the link above.
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