Thermal insulation economics for Saudi residential buildings

(1991) Thermal insulation economics for Saudi residential buildings. Masters thesis, King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals.


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This thesis studies the thermal and economic performance of thermal insulation materials when used in villas in Saudi Arabia. The DOE-2.1C Program was used to simulate the thermal performance of a typical villa in four different Saudi cities (Dhahran, Riyadh, Jeddah and Khamis Mushait). An energy economic model was used to calculate the annual savings for both the government and the customers. It was concluded that: (1) In Saudi Arabia, walls require either same thickness or thicker insulation maerials than roofs; (2) Riyadh city has the most economic benefits from using insulation materials, then Jeddah, Dhahran and Khamis Mushait, respectively; (3) for walls, locating the insulation material on the interior has no economic or thermal difference from locating it on the exterior; (4) for roofs, locating the insulation material on the exterior is better from the economic point of view that locating it on the interior; (5) the change of discount rate has no effect on the relative performance of the insulation materials; (6) when insulating buildings customers get significant annual savings ranging from SR 1000 to SR 11000; (7) the government will get higher savings ranging from SR 2500 to SR 17000.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Subjects: Architectural
Department: College of Design and Built Environment > Architectural Engineering and Construction Management
Committee Advisor: Assaf, Sadi A.
Committee Members: Jannadi, M. Osama A. and Al-Hammad, Abdulmohsen A.
Depositing User: Mr. Admin Admin
Date Deposited: 22 Jun 2008 13:46
Last Modified: 01 Nov 2019 13:49