Analysis of improved fenestration for code-compliant residential buildings in hot and humid climates

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Title: Analysis of improved fenestration for code-compliant residential buildings in hot and humid climates
Author: Mukhopadhyay, Jaya
Abstract: This thesis presents an analysis of energy efficient residential windows in hot and humid climates . To accomplish this analysis , the use of accurate simulation tools such as DOE -2 .1e is required , which incorporates the results from the WINDOW -5 .2 simulation program to assess accurate fenestration performance . The thesis also investigates the use of optimal glazing types , which , for future applications , could be specified in the code to reduce annual net energy consumption to zero . Results show that combinations of low -E and double pane , clear -glazed windows , which are optimally shaded according to orientation are the best solution for lowering both annual energy consumption and peak electricity loads . The study also concludes that the method used to model fenestration in the simulation program plays an important role in accurately determining the effectiveness of the glazing option used . In this particular study , the use of the WINDOW -5 .2 program is highly recommended especially for high performance windows (i .e . , low -E glazing ) . Finally , a discussion on the incorporation of super high performance windows (i .e . , super low -E , ultra low -E and dynamic / switchable glazing ) into the IECC code concludes that these types of glazing strategies can reduce annual net energy use of the window to zero . Future work identified by this thesis includes a more extensive examination of the passive solar potential of high performance fenestration , and an examination of the appropriate methods for specifying these properties in future versions of the IECC code . This implies that future specifications for fenestration in the IECC code could aim for zero net annual energy consumption levels from residential fenestration .
URI: http : / /hdl .handle .net /1969 .1 /4162
Date: 2006-10-30

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Analysis of improved fenestration for code-compliant residential buildings in hot and humid climates. Available electronically from http : / /hdl .handle .net /1969 .1 /4162 .

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