Materials for Energy Efficiency and Thermal Comfort in Buildings

1st Edition

Editors: Matthew Hall
Print ISBN: 9780081014882
eBook ISBN: 9781845699277
Imprint: Woodhead Publishing
Published Date: 21st April 2010
Page Count: 760
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Almost half of the total energy produced in the developed world is inefficiently used to heat, cool, ventilate and control humidity in buildings, to meet the increasingly high thermal comfort levels demanded by occupants. The utilisation of advanced materials and passive technologies in buildings would substantially reduce the energy demand and improve the environmental impact and carbon footprint of building stock worldwide.

Materials for energy efficiency and thermal comfort in buildings critically reviews the advanced building materials applicable for improving the built environment. Part one reviews both fundamental building physics and occupant comfort in buildings, from heat and mass transport, hygrothermal behaviour, and ventilation, on to thermal comfort and health and safety requirements.

Part two details the development of advanced materials and sustainable technologies for application in buildings, beginning with a review of lifecycle assessment and environmental profiling of materials. The section moves on to review thermal insulation materials, materials for heat and moisture control, and heat energy storage and passive cooling technologies. Part two concludes with coverage of modern methods of construction, roofing design and technology, and benchmarking of façades for optimised building thermal performance.

Finally, Part three reviews the application of advanced materials, design and technologies in a range of existing and new building types, including domestic, commercial and high-performance buildings, and buildings in hot and tropical climates.

This book is of particular use to, mechanical, electrical and HVAC engineers, architects and low-energy building practitioners worldwide, as well as to academics and researchers in the fields of building physics, civil and building engineering, and materials science.

Key Features

  • Explores improving energy efficiency and thermal comfort through material selection and sustainable technologies
  • Documents the development of advanced materials and sustainable technologies for applications in building design and construction
  • Examines fundamental building physics and occupant comfort in buildings featuring heat and mass transport, hygrothermal behaviour and ventilation


Mechanical, electrical and HVAC engineers; Architects and low-energy building practitioners; Academics and researchers in the fields of building physics, civil and building engineering, and materials science

Table of Contents

Part 1 Fundamental issues and building physics: Heat and mass transport; Hygrothermal behaviour and simulation; Ventilation, air quality and air-tightness; Heat energy storage and cooling; Thermal comfort; Environmental health and safety. Part 2 Materials and sustainable technologies: Life cycle assessment; Inorganic mineral insulation; Natural fibre and fibre composite insulation; Polymeric foam insulation; Insulation for building equipment; Reflective materials and radiant barriers; Aerogel insulation; Hygrothermal materials for heat and moisture control; Desiccant materials for moisture control; Phase change materials; Porous materials for evaporative cooling; Prefabricated units and modern methods of construction (MMC); Roofing materials; Benchmarking performance of façades. Part 3 Application of advanced building materials and design: Materials and eco-building design; Domestic buildings; Commercial buildings; High performance buildings; New buildings; Refurbishment; Hot and tropical climates.


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About the Editor

Matthew Hall

Dr Matthew R. Hall is a Lecturer in civil engineering materials at the University of Nottingham, UK. He is an award winning researcher, noted for his work in the fields of thermo-physical properties and heat and mass transport in porous materials.

Affiliations and Expertise

University of Nottingham, UK


A focus on the highest standards of latest research, rather than commercial interest, makes for a high-quality book that still manages to hold commercial value., Materials World