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Abstract: This study was performed in an effort to improve the comfort and thermal design of Libyan houses by analyzing the current thermal resistance (R-values) of the most commonly used building envelope materials. Work involved measuring the thermal conductivity of the individual components of the multi-layered walls ( plaster, hard and soft limestone bricks) using the Hot Disk TPS system. An analytical model was also used. The researcher was interested in determining how the envelopes protected the inhabitants from seasonal weather variations, which can range between 10 to 40°C. Results indicated that the majority of Libyan houses do not have effective thermal management characteristics. The author suggests that producing data on the insulation values of building materials in Libya would greatly help developers to ensure that newly constructed buildings have an improved thermal performance.

Reference: International Scholarly and Scientific Research and Innovation 6(4) 2012

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