DO RADIANT BARRIERS REALLY WORK?

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NOT ALWAYS.

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BARRIER STORIES

"... Somehow they manage to sell this stuff by playing on people’s ignorance. They’re not sure about how all this works."

- John Straube, Ph.D., P. Eng., of Building Science Corporation and the University of Waterloo, as quoted in Green Building Advisor

"The sale and distribution of radiant barriers has always attracted a disproportionate share of scam artists, many of whom promise impossible energy savings."

- Martin Holladay, Building Science Guru & Green Building Journalist, as written in Green Building Advisor

"... In the northern climate zones, the savings drops further, going from about $40 to $10 per year as you go from Chicago to Fairbanks... If there are no ducts or air handlers in the attic, the savings are much less, going from about $20 per year in Miami to $5 per year in Baltimore..."

- Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Radiant Barrier Fact Sheet