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How does the roof insulation framing factor affect total Rvalue in BeOpt?

asked 2020-04-01 11:29:29 -0600

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We have been trying to model a flat reinforced concrete roof in BeOpt. We initially assumed that the framing factor to be very small or zero since concrete roofs tend to not have additional external supports. After doing some sensitivity analysis, we found the framing factor % to have a direct correlation to reductions in energy consumption due to cooling. We have not been able to find more information on how the framing factor is being incorporate in the BeOpt documentation or code. Any suggestions or explanations would be appreciated.

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answered 2020-04-02 11:45:38 -0600

updated 2020-04-02 11:46:01 -0600

BEopt uses a combination of series and parallel heat flows to calculate the construction's total assembly R-value. Parallel path heat flows are calculated for the layer comprised of framing and cavity (insulation), and then this layer is in series with other layers (e.g., sheathing, roofing material, etc.).

You can find details on these approaches in the ASHRAE Handbook of Fundamentals or an example overview at (for wood framed walls, though wood framed roofs are similar).

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