Relationship between Lebanese Homeowners’ awareness of Climate Change and their Decision to use Thermal Insulation in their Homes

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dc.contributor.author Keushkerian, Bedros
dc.date.accessioned 2022-06-13T10:45:41Z
dc.date.available 2022-06-13T10:45:41Z
dc.date.copyright 2021 en_US
dc.date.issued 2021-06-03
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10725/13640
dc.description.abstract Climate change is considered a major threat to the environment and society as a whole. Reducing building energy consumption through the use of thermal insulation is one way of combating climate change. This study examines the impact of climate change awareness on the pre-construction decision of Lebanese homeowners to use thermal insulation in their homes. A model building consisting of a typical 160 m2 single-family home is used and its thermal loads are calculated in two case: insulated and uninsulated case, in three different locations in Lebanon: Beirut, Chtaura, and Bcharre-Arz. The thermal loads were calculated using two methods: the degree-days empirical method, and the HAP software numerical method. The computations showed energy reduction ranging between 23% in the coastal region to 52% in high mountains when thermal insulation is used. The investment payback period ranged from 4.3 years in the coastal region to 1.5 years in the high mountains. A survey addressed to 100 respondents was used to understand how Lebanese homeowners’ decision to use thermal insulation was affected by knowledge of the obtained results. The survey results showed that climate change awareness has a high impact on this decision; however, the cost seems to play an important role in the owners’ final decision on whether or not to use thermal insulation. Spreading awareness about climate change and the payback periods of building thermal insulation will increase its use and reduce energy consumption. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject Insulation (Heat) en_US
dc.subject Climatic changes en_US
dc.subject Buildings -- Thermal properties en_US
dc.subject Buildings -- Energy conservation en_US
dc.subject Lebanese American University -- Dissertations en_US
dc.subject Dissertations, Academic en_US
dc.title Relationship between Lebanese Homeowners’ awareness of Climate Change and their Decision to use Thermal Insulation in their Homes en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.term.submitted Spring en_US
dc.author.degree MS in Civil And Environmental Engineering en_US
dc.author.school SOE en_US
dc.author.idnumber 201205903 en_US
dc.author.commembers Awwad, Rita
dc.author.commembers Wazne, Mahmoud
dc.author.department Civil Engineering en_US
dc.description.physdesc 1 online resource (xiii, 89 leaves) : ill. (some col.) en_US
dc.author.advisor Abi Shdid, Caesar
dc.keywords Climate change en_US
dc.keywords Thermal loads en_US
dc.keywords Thermal insulation en_US
dc.keywords Degree Days en_US
dc.keywords HAP en_US
dc.description.bibliographiccitations Includes bibliographical references (leaf 78-81) en_US
dc.identifier.doi https://doi.org/10.26756/th.2022.357
dc.author.email bedros.keushgerian@lau.edu.lb en_US
dc.identifier.tou http://libraries.lau.edu.lb/research/laur/terms-of-use/thesis.php en_US
dc.publisher.institution Lebanese American University en_US
dc.author.affiliation Lebanese American University en_US

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