Testing the Effectiveness of Energy-Efficient Coatings for Military Use
Tuesday, January 23, 2018

The Department of Defense (DoD) spends an estimated $200 million each year on energy lost through the building envelope, accounting for 5 percent of total energy cost in DoD facilities. The Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (EISA 07) mandates the DoD reduce energy consumption. Reducing heating and cooling losses through the building envelope is critical for realizing these cost and energy savings. However, finding cost-effective retrofit technologies for improving building insulation performance is challenging. The application of insulative exterior paint coatings provides an inexpensive and simple solution.

In an effort to find a simple, inexpensive way to mitigate the expense of heating and cooling losses at Department of Defense facilities, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers undertook a project that tested a variety of insulative coatings both on small-scale models and actual-sized barracks structures.

This project demonstrated the use of a variety of exterior insulative paint coatings. An initial demonstration was performed using small-scale Barrack Hut (B-Hut) replicas. Evaluation criteria included insulative performance, ease of application and testing according to ASTM standards.Candidate paint coatings were down-selected and the top performers applied to existing B-Huts at the Contingency Basing Integration Technology Evaluation Center (CBITEC), Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri. The insulative properties and related energy cost savings of the product were evaluated on the sample buildings and compared to a non-painted facility. A control building coated in standard, non-insulate paint provided an additional point of comparison.

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