Two-dimensional heat transfer from earth-sheltered buildings Conference Paper uri icon


  • This paper describes use of the interzone temperature profile estimation (ITPE) technique, an analytical calculation procedure to predict heat transfer within earth in contact with a structure. The solutions governing steady-state and steady-periodic heat conduction are derived for rectangular earth-sheltered buildings. The procedure accepts continuously variable values of geometric dimensions, insulation levels, and constant soil thermal characteristics and considers the presence of a finite water table level. Soil temperature profiles are shown for both steady-state and steady periodic conditions. The effects of insulation and water table depth on the heat losses from an earth-sheltered building are discussed.

published proceedings

  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Solar Energy Division (Publication) SED

author list (cited authors)

  • Krarti, M., & Claridge, D. E.

complete list of authors

  • Krarti, M||Claridge, DE

publication date

  • December 1989