Roofing materials for thermal performance and environmental integration of buildings

J. Jones,     Virginia Tech, USA


Roofs can represent 50–70% of the total enclosure loads for a building. The roof typically receives significant amounts of solar radiation and consequently represents both a concern for energy consumption as well as an opportunity for environmental expression. The roof is where the building meets the sky and therefore the design of the roofing system should consider not only the materials and construction characteristics but also the possibilities for environmental integration. This chapter presents issues and design strategies for the roof being an active participant in environmentally responsive architecture. ...

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