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ENERGY SERIES: What Does the Shape of the House Have to Do With Energy Efficiency?

ID

2901-9013 (BSE-127NP)

Authors as Published

Robert "Bobby" Grisso, Extension Engineer, Biological Systems Engineering, Virginia Tech; Martha A. Walker, Community Viability Specialist, Central District; and John Ignosh, Area Specialist, Biological Systems Engineering, Virginia Tech

    Cover, ENERGY SERIES: What Does the Shape of the House Have to Do With Energy Efficiency?

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In a home, heat energy is transferred among all materials and substances that are of different temperatures—within the building materials, inside the building itself, and outside the building envelope. The term “building envelope” refers to all of the external building materials, windows, and walls that enclose the internal space. Heat moves only when there is a difference in temperature, and it always moves from the warm side to the cool side. Heat will continue to “flow” until any touching materials reach the same temperature. However, we usually want the inside of a home to have a different temperature from the outside.

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Virginia Cooperative Extension materials are available for public use, re-print, or citation without further permission, provided the use includes credit to the author and to Virginia Cooperative Extension, Virginia Tech, and Virginia State University.

Publisher

Issued in furtherance of Cooperative Extension work, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Virginia State University, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture cooperating. Edwin J. Jones, Director, Virginia Cooperative Extension, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg; Jewel E. Hairston, Administrator, 1890 Extension Program, Virginia State, Petersburg.

Date

June 26, 2014