Calibrated simulation for estimating energy savings by the use of cool roof in five Indian climatic zones

A calibrated model has been used to estimate the energy savings by cool roof application on buildings located in five different climatic zones.  The model has been calibrated as per the measured data in a building located in Hyderabad (India), and the same has been used to project energy savings in different cities located in five different climatic zones of the country.  Results show that the maximum reduction in energy consumption is observed in Mumbai (warm and humid climate), followed by Ahmedabad (hot and dry climate), Bangalore (temperate climate), and Delhi (composite climate).  Least energy saving is observed in Shillong (cold climate). In all the climates except cold, the financial payback period is acceptable, being less than 3 yr, whereas for cold climate, the investment is getting paid back in 6.69 yr, making the cool roof application not very attractive.

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Jyotirmay Mathu, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Malaviya National Institute of Technology, Jaipur 302017, India

Vishal Garg, Centre for IT in Building Science, International Institute of Information Technology, Hyderabad 500032, India

Source: AIP / Scitation

Publication Date: April 2011

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