Life Cycle Costs of Metal Roof, Concrete Tile Roof and the Intelligent Cooling Roof

  • Min WuEmail author
  • Guangwei Chen
  • Peter Davis
  • Willy Sher
  • John Smolders
  • Shuo Chen
  • Zhidan Qin
  • Zhou Yan
  • Ying Wang
Conference paper


This study introduces the principle of an intelligent cooling and compares the life cycle costs of a concrete cooling roof, a metal cooling roof and the intelligent cooling roof. We conclude that the intelligent cooling roof is more cost effective than both the concrete cooling roof and the metal cooling roof. The intelligent cooling roof is friendly in installation and effective in producing cooling in summer without consuming any electricity, potentially it could be the next generation of roof for houses in Australia and many other countries.


Solar cooling Air-conditioning Solar energy Life cycle costing 



The study is supported by funding from the Centre for Intelligent Electricity Networks (CIEN) at the University of Newcastle, Australia, as well as the National Natural Science Foundation of China 51278512.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Min Wu
    • 1
    Email author
  • Guangwei Chen
    • 2
  • Peter Davis
    • 1
  • Willy Sher
    • 1
  • John Smolders
    • 1
  • Shuo Chen
    • 3
  • Zhidan Qin
    • 4
  • Zhou Yan
    • 5
  • Ying Wang
    • 6
  1. 1.The University of NewcastleCallaghanAustralia
  2. 2.Qiannan Normal College for NationalitiesDuyunChina
  3. 3.Beijing University of Posts and TelecommunicationsHaidianChina
  4. 4.Chongqing Vocational College of TransportationChongqingChina
  5. 5.Chongqing Jiaotong UniversityChongqingChina
  6. 6.Ultimate Online Network Technology LtdShanghaiChina

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