Roof insulation

Insulation is provided in the concrete roof to ensure that excessive heat is not gained in the summer months and transferred into the space below. It also mitigates heat losses through the roof in the winter months.

Roofs are a critical part of the building envelope that are highly susceptible to solar radiation and other environmental changes, thereby, influencing the indoor comfort conditions for the occupants. Roofs account for large amount of heat gain/loss, especially, in buildings with large roof area. The roof thickness and combination of insulation layers proves to be a crucial factor in reducing effects of direct solar irradiation.

The flat concrete roof at the HPI d-school Building includes a layer of expanded polystyrene (EPS) to mitigate solar heat gains in summer and heat losses in winter, thus efficiency and efficacy of the HVAC system in the building for thermal comfort.

EPS is a type of insulation that provides thermal and acoustical insulation with characteristics such as low weight, high moisture resistance and high structural strength.

GREEN STAR CREDITS

  • ENE-01 – Greenhouse Gas Emissions

The aim of this credit is to encourage and recognise designs that minimise greenhouse gas emissions associated with operational energy consumption.

  • IEQ-09 – Thermal Comfort

The aim of this credit is to encourage and recognise buildings that achieve a high level of thermal comfort.