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Research Journal of Engineering and Technology
Year : 2015, Volume : 6, Issue : 4
First page : ( 439) Last page : ( 442)
Print ISSN : 0976-2973. Online ISSN : 2321-581X.
Article DOI : 10.5958/2321-581X.2015.00068.9

Thermal Performance of Mud Houses

Pal R. K.*

Department of Mechanical Engineering, Panjab University SSG Regional Centre, Hoshiarpur, Punjab

*Corresponding Author Email: ravinder_75@yahoo.com

Online published on 2 December, 2015.

Abstract

The consumption of energy is anticipated to increase due to rapid urbanization and increase in population. A huge amount of the total energy is consumed in space heating or cooling. Around half of total energy utilized in residential buildings goes in space heating or cooling. The present work is an attempt to find out the effect of mud walls and roof of a house on the solar heat gain and indoor room temperature. Lower value of the room air temperature was obtained in case of mud house in comparison to brick, cement-concrete house for the month of June. A maximum of 4.349°C temperature difference is obtainable in comparison to brick and cement-concrete house for the month of June. There are savings of energy and money by using mud houses. The energy savings are 427 units of electricity and money savings are Rs. 2136 for the month of June for mud house in comparison to red brick and cement-concrete house. So the mud houses have good thermal performance and are more suitable for living in comparison to brick and cement concrete house for the month of June.

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Keywords

Mud house, room air temperature, solar irradiation, energy efficient buildings.

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