Reflective Insulation Study

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There are many insulation products on the market that proclaim the benefits of reflective layers or radiant barriers, such as a metal foil skin. Some of these claims are extraordinary and require scrutiny. Reflective layers are known to be effective in reducing solar heat gain in hot, sunny climates, but can they help us in the frigid north? This project will examine the effectiveness of reflective insulations in cold climate construction.
 

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