PHRC Webinars

Radiant barriers: Do they make sense in Pennsylvania?

3/13/2012 1:00-2:00 PM


Bryan Heitzmann


Link to Webinar:


Manufacturers commonly recommend the use of radiant barriers in attics, under slabs, around ducts insulation, and as house wrap. Radiant barriers are highly reflective and low-emissive materials that reflect incident radiation and are slow to re-radiate absorbed heat. When installed properly, radiant barriers will reduce energy consumption, but by how much, and is it worth the cost?

Learning Objectives

  • Understand how radiant barriers work
  • Be aware of different types of radiant barriers and areas of application
  • Be better able to weigh the potential benefits with the costs (especially with regard to whether they make sense in Pennsylvania.)


Free to attend; $20 for continuing education credits

Credit Hours


Tags: Energy Efficiency, Energy Codes, and Green Building



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