Research Needs: Glass Solar Reflectance and Vinyl Siding

Research Needs: Glass Solar Reflectance and Vinyl Siding

TitleResearch Needs: Glass Solar Reflectance and Vinyl Siding
Publication TypeReport
Year of Publication2011
AuthorsRobert Hart, Dragan C Curcija, Dariush K Arasteh, Howdy Goudey, Christian Kohler, Stephen E Selkowitz
Call NumberLBNL-5022E
Abstract

The subject of glass solar reflectance and its contribution to permanent vinyl siding distortion has not been extensively studied, and some phenomena are not yet well understood. This white paper presents what is known regarding the issue and identifies where more research is needed. Three primary topics are discussed: environmental factors that control the transfer of heat to and from the siding surface; vinyl siding properties that may affect heat build-up and permanent distortion; and factors that determine the properties of reflected solar radiation from glass surfaces, including insulating window glass. Further research is needed to fully characterize the conditions associated with siding distortion, the scope of the problem, physical properties of vinyl siding, insulating window glass reflection characteristics, and possible mitigation or prevention strategies.

LBNL Report Number

LBNL-5022E