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Guideline
Roof Insulation
Southern California Gas Company
New Buildings Institute
A dv anced Design Guideline Series
N ew Buildings Institute
N ovember, 1998
II
SOCALGAS/NBI ADVANCED DESI G N GUIDELINES
Acknowledgments

This Advanced Design Guideline was developed by the New
Buildings Institute for the Southern California Gas Company,
contract P13311, part of SoCalGas\u2019 Third Party Initiatives
Program for 1998. Project managers for SoCalGas included
Taimin Tang, Lilia Villarreal and James Green.

This project was managed by the New Buildings Institute,

Douglas Mahone, Executive Director.
Subcontractors on this project were:
Heschong Mahone Group:

Catherine Chappell, Project Manager,
Jon McHugh, Nehemiah Stone, and Kalpana Kuttaiah
Eley Associates:
Charles Eley, Jeffrey Luan, Jeff Burkeen and Anamika
Eskinder Berhanu Associates

The Expert Advisory Panel, which reviewed and advised the
project, included: Gary Nowakowski, Gas Research Institute;
William Saulino, American Gas Cooling Center, Inc.; David
Goldstein, Natural Resources Defense Council; Tamy Ben-
Ezra; Peter Schwartz, LAS & Assoc.; Jeffrey Johnson, New
Buildings Institute

N ew Buildings Institute

11626 Fair Oaks Blvd. #302
Fair Oaks CA 95628 (Sacramento area)
(916) 966-9916 Fax: (916) 962-0101

E-mail:info @newb uild ings.o rg
Web:www. ne wb uild ings. o r g
ROOF INSULATION GUIDELINE
III
Table of Contents
CHAPTER 1: PREFACE..................................................5
CHAPTER 2: DESCRIPTION............................................7

A. Types of Insulation..............................................7 Basic Forms of Thermal Insulation.....................7 Thermal Insulation Materials...............................7

B. Applications.........................................................8 Application Conditions........................................8 Moisture Control.................................................8

CHAPTER 3: HISTORY ANDSTATUS...............................9
A. Standards and Rating...........................................9
CHAPTER 4: ANALYSIS................................................11
A. Cost Effectiveness.............................................11
B. Analysis Tool.....................................................11

C. Technical Basis..................................................11 Space Categories...............................................11 Classes of Construction.....................................11 Energy Model....................................................12 Coefficients.......................................................12

CHAPTER 5: DESIGNANALYSISGRAPHS.....................15

A. Graphic Presentation of Results.........................15
Residential Buildings.........................................18
Semi-heated Buildings.......................................19
B. City Specific Data..............................................20

C. Additional Examples.........................................24 Gas Heat in Chicago..........................................24 Electric Heat in Atlanta.....................................24

CHAPTER 6: BIBLIOGRAPHY.......................................25
CHAPTER 7: APPENDIX- SCALARRATIO & SIR.........27

Scalar Ratios Simplified....................................27 Selecting a Scalar Ratio.....................................28 Savings to Investment Ratios (SIRs).................28 Advanced Economic Analysis...........................29

List of Figures
Figure 1 - Roof Constructions..................................... 13
Figure 2 - Energy Use Coefficients for Various Roof
Types.......................................................... 13

Figure 3 : Example Graph for a Specific Energy
Price, Construction Class, Space Category
and Scalar.................................................. 16

Figure 4 : Example Graphic Presentation for Space
Category and Construction Class.............. 16
Figure 5 - Recommended Roof Insulation, Insulation
Above Deck, Nonresidential...................... 17
Figure 6 - Recommended Roof Insulation, Metal
Building, Nonresidential............................ 17
Figure 7 - Recommended Roof Insulation, Attic and
Other, Nonresidential................................ 17
Figure 8 - Recommended Roof Insulation, Insulation
Above Deck, Residential............................ 18
Figure 9 - Recommended Roof Insulation, Metal
Building, Residential................................. 18
Figure 10 - Recommended Roof Insulation, Attic and
Other, Residential...................................... 18
Figure 11 - Recommended Roof Insulation, Insulation
Above Deck, Semi-Heated......................... 19
Figure 12 - Recommended Roof Insulation, Metal
Building, Semi-Heated............................... 19
Figure 13 - Recommended Roof Insulation, Attic and
Other, Semi-Heated................................... 19
Figure 14 - Climate and Energy Price Data for
Typical Cities............................................. 21
Figure 15 - R-value Criteria for Select Cities and
Scalar Ratios.............................................. 21
Figure 16 - Insulation above Deck Requirements for
Atlanta, for Gas Heating............................ 22
Figure 17 - Insulation above Deck Requirements for
Chicago, for Gas Heating.......................... 22
Figure 18 - Insulation above Deck Requirements for
Forth Worth, for Gas Heating................... 22
Figure 19 - Insulation above Deck Requirements for
Los Angeles, for Gas Heating.................... 22
Figure 20 - Insulation above Deck Requirements for
Miami, for Gas Heating............................. 23
Figure 21 - Insulation above Deck Requirements for
Phoenix, for Gas Heating.......................... 23
Figure 22 - Insulation above Deck Requirements for
Riverside, for Gas Heating........................ 23
Figure 23 - Insulation above Deck Requirements for
San Diego, for Gas Heating....................... 23
Figure 24 - Insulation above Deck Requirements for
San Francisco, for Gas Heating................ 24
Figure 25 - Insulation above Deck Requirements for

Washington D.C., for Gas Heating............ 24 Figure 26 - Example Present Worth Calculation........ 28 Figure 27 - Range of Typical Scalars.......................... 30

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