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The Effectiveness of Energy Efficient Coatings for Military Use


By Dr. Rebekah Wilson, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Brooke Divan, M.Sc, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Presented at SSPC 2017; Session: Defending Against Corrosion in the Military, Part II; Session chair: Mark Schultz

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The Department of Defense spends an estimated $200M/year on energy that is lost through the building envelope, accounting for 5% of the total energy cost in DoD facilities. The Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (EISA 07) mandates the DoD to reduce energy intensity. This energy loss carries a financial burden, but also in hostile environments it increases the risk of attack, as fuel traffic is a prime target. In an effort to reduce dependence on energy, the United States Army Corps of Engineers is investigating the potential impact of several commercially available energy efficient coatings through demonstration and laboratory testing standards. A B-hut, or barracks hut, is a temporary plywood structure constructed for housing military personnel, and is generally left uncoated. They can be fitted with climate control systems, which rely on generators. This project uses B-huts at a testing facility at Fort Leonardwood and small scale B-huts located at the USACE Construction Engineering Research Center, along with laboratory analysis, to demonstrate the insulate properties and related energy cost savings of several varieties of energy efficient coatings for the US Army.

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