Effect of Thermal Insulation on Building Thermal Comfort and Energy Consumption in Egypt
Keywords:indoor environment, thermal comfort, building envelope, educational building in Cairo, computer simulation
Building Indoor Environment could be described as one of the most important studying points for designers that must be achieved in highest possible level. While achieving this goal will help in increasing occupant’s productivity, satisfaction, economic benefits, and many other sustainability issues. So, and for this highly appreciated importance it became very interesting point of research in developing regions. Hence, the educational building type at Egyptian capital- Cairo was chosen to be a case study for this research as educational buildings have a highly effective weight of thermal comfort and energy consumption. Data of different used materials are used to discuss the trends in thermal comfort were mainly conducted from the Egyptian Energy code. The simulations result from computer based software are used to compare the relation between the insulation materials and thermal comfort. Through the variation of thermal insulation materials in the Egyptian market we are going to study the effect of different thermal insulation materials types and thicknesses on the thermal comfort for the building envelope. Both of literature and computer based studies will be a highly effective way in forming the research methodology. By using software Design Builder, it is paid attention to simulation of the thermal behavior of all accepted types of defined materials in the Egyptian energy code for the building envelope, conducting results and finally commenting these results to get the most suitable insulation material.