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REFLECTING, STORING HEAT
A consequence of climate change is
temperature extremes, resulting in
buildings that are harder to cool or
warm, says Deris Jeannette, founder,
product designer and owner of
ClearDome Solar Thermal, located
in Temecula, Calif. The effort to keep
interiors comfortable uses up a lot of
energy and is expensive as well.
" More new buildings these days
are better insulated, " he says. " But in
many situations, especially with older
buildings, adding highly reflective
materials to roofs or walls is an
excellent way to reduce energy costs
considerably and make the space
more liveable. "
ClearDome's first products were
solar cookers using clear plastic or
glass domes. Reflectors gathered and
trapped heat from sunlight, allowing
for the cooking of most foods,
Jeannette explains. That idea evolved
into solar forced-air heaters for homes
and various solar-reflective or solar
heat-absorbing fabrics designed to
keep buildings cooler in summer
and warmer in winter.
The company's most popular
products are the CoolTarps, solar
thermal reflective tarps sold in
standard cut sheets or rolls. The
product line includes the Snow
White CoolTarp, which is about 85
percent reflective, and the SolaReflexx
CoolTarp, which is about 95 percent
reflective. Both are nontoxic and are
used outside, typically on the roofs or
walls of unshaded, sunlit buildings,
where they reflect the sun's light and
heat away from the surface, keeping
the interior much cooler.
" Snow White is seven times
thicker and stronger than SolaReflexx
CoolTarp, will last longer in continual
outdoor use and is the preferred roof
covering on hot summer days, " he says.
" SolaReflexx CoolTarp is lighter and
more flexible. It's better for temporary
use like over tents or protective boxes
where excessive heat is a problem. "
Another product is the 75 percent
ClearDome Solar Thermal makes a variety of tarps and fabrics designed to facilitate heating
or cooling. The Snow White CoolTarp (top left) is approximately 85 percent reflective and can
be used on the outside roof or walls of a building. The Thermal Barrier Fabric (top right) is
75 percent reflective, 70 percent metallized and can be used indoors or outdoors to warm or
cool. The SolaReflexx CoolTarp (bottom left) is 95 percent reflective and the company's Solar
Heating Drape (bottom right) can be installed on the inside of large, unshaded windows to
warm a room and reduce energy usage. Photos: ClearDome Solar Thermal.
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reflective Thermal Barrier Fabric.
Nontoxic, UV-resistant and designed to
warm or cool, the fabric is constructed
with a weave of tough HDPE plastic
that is 70 percent metallized on both
sides. It will allow 30 percent of the
sunlight to pass through.
" It can be used in summer and
winter, indoors and outdoors, to
restrict the natural flow of heat

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