Testing new ventilating roof tiles to reduce the cost of summer air conditioning
Recent global environmental policy has highlighted the
need to reduce energy consumption for air conditioning
during the Mediterranean summer, given the significant
financial and environmental costs it entails.
A ventilated roof can play an important role in reducing
the passage of heat from the sun through the root tiles to
the roof structure and hence to the interior of the house,
since the movement of air dissipates a portion of the heat
generated by solar radiation.
This natural convection can
be improved by increasing the permeability to air between
the tiles, by changing their shape without compromising
their original aesthetic appeal.
This is the purpose of the
European HEROTILE project (LIFE14 CCA / IT / 000939), of
which we here present a preliminary summary analysis.... continue to PDF
by Michele Bottarelli, Giovanni Zannoni (Dipartimento di Architettura, Università di Ferrara), Richard Allen, Nigel Cherry (Monier Technical Centre GmbH)