Author(s): A. M. Al Yacouby, M. F. Khamidi, Y. W. Teo, M. F. Nuruddin,
S. A. Farhan, S. A. Sulaiman & A. E. Razali
Buildings account for 40% of energy consumption.
In a hot humid climate zone
a great deal of this energy is consumed in cooling and air-conditioning.
insulation provides a practicable and cost-effective means of reducing system
electricity consumption and CO2 emissions.
Building insulation refers to any
construction material in a building used as insulation for thermal purposes.
term also applies to acoustic insulation, fire protection and impact insulation.
This paper presents a study on awareness of housing developers and home
owners on the utilization of insulation materials in the building industry.
research aims to address and determine challenges facing the implementation of
building insulation techniques in Malaysia, where currently houses with
insulation represent less than 2% of the total stock of 4.5 million units.
study two methods have been implemented i.e.
(1) a quantitative survey in the
form of two different sets of structured questionnaires for housing developers
and end users, and (2) qualitative research in the form of a semi-structured
interview targeting various professionals and stakeholders from the construction
The study suggests that around 75% of house occupants use airconditioner
units to improve the indoor thermal comfort and only 22% of the
respondents were aware of the effects of insulation on thermal performance of
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Paper DOI: 10.2495/RAV110211
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This paper can be found in the following bookManagement of Natural Resources, Sustainable Development and Ecological Hazards IIIBuy