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close this book National design handbook prototype on passive solar heating and natural cooling of buildings
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Open this folder and view contents II. The Australian climates and people
Open this folder and view contents III. Fundamentals of heat flow
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View the document Annex I: Relevant Australian standards
View the document Annex II: Glossary of terms
View the document Annex III: Metric units of measurements
View the document Annex IV: Typical internal heat loads for appliances
View the document Annex V: Minimum additional thermal resistance requirements
View the document Annex VI: Climate data for Sydney region - mean daily insolation for Sydney
View the document Annex VII: Selected thermal properties of various building material
View the document Annex VIII: Selected u-values and r-values
View the document Annex IX: Heating degree day data - new south Wales
View the document Annex X: Glass-mass performance graphs
View the document Annex XI: Appraisal graphs for the 5-star design rating system
View the document Annex XII: Sun position charts for Australian capital cities
View the document Annex XIII: Bibliography and suggested reading

Annex VII: Selected thermal properties of various building material

Material

Density (kg/m³)

Thermal conductivity k(W/m.k)

Asbestos (Fibre cement)

1490

0.32

Brick common (individual)

1970

1.42

brickwork (including mortar)

 

1.15

Cement render

 

0.532

Concrete

   

1:2:4

2400

1.44

Fibreboard

215

0.062 at 23°C

 

215

0.048 at 21°C

Glass float, window

2510

1.05

Glass fibre insulation batts

(generally specified by R value rather than thickness)

12

0.042

Linoleum inlaid

1300

0.22

Particle board

   

(wood chips bonded with resin)

480

0.108

Plaster (wall finish)

0.46

 

Polystyrene expanded (white board) extruded (blue)

24

0.036

Polyurethane rigid, foamed new

24

0.016

rigid, foamed aged

24

0.025

Rock wool batts

48

0.035

Sandstone

2000

1.30

Slate

2650

1.50

Steel mild

7850

47.5

Straw compressed, faced with paper

320

0.081

slabs of compressed wheat straw, wire

213

0.041

Timber hardwood

660

0.14

pitch pine

660

0.14

plywood

530

0.14

Ureaformaldehyde foam

8

0.038

Vermiculite loose granules

80

0.065

Vinyl (floor tiles)

2050

0.79

Vinyl-asbestos semi-flexible floor covering

1970

0.05

Water

1000

0.60

Thermal resistance of various hallow or irregular materials (substitute resistance (R) for b/k in U-value calculations.)

Material

Resistance (R) M².C/W

100 mm concrete block (hollow)

0.125

200 mm concrete block (hollow)

0.195

300 mm concrete block (hollow)

0.225

cement roofing tiles

0.014