Accession Number:

ADA156967

Title:

The Influence of Glazing Systems on the Energy Performance of Low-Rise Commercial Buildings.

Descriptive Note:

Master's thesis,

Corporate Author:

AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1985-05-01

Pagination or Media Count:

166.0

Abstract:

The impact of variations in glazing parameters on building energy consumption is examined for a typical lowrise commercial office building. The net annual effect greatly depends on a complex interaction among climatic conditions, building design features, and building operating characteristics. The goal of this study was to segregate the energy effects of fenestration design, quantify these effects, and develop simplified analysis tools for use by building designers. Economic parameters was integrated in order to analyze total performance results in diverse energy regions of the country. This study includes simulation of annual building energy performance and thermal response using the DOE-2.1A energy analysis simulation program, generating a data base for the multiple regression statistical investigations, and life-cycle cost analysis. A representative range of commercial glazing systems, through the primary parametric glazing properties U-value, shading coefficient, was considered. A base single clear glass was compared to ten specific insulated systems for ten climatic regions throughout the United States. Guidance was developed for effective glazing system utilization in low-rise office buildings, in terms of energy performance and cost-effectiveness. Keywords glazing, climate, building energy analysis, multiple regression, life-cycle cost, cooling loads, heating loads, peaks.

Subject Categories:

  • Ceramics, Refractories and Glass
  • Air Conditioning, Heating, Lighting and Ventilating
  • Structural Engineering and Building Technology

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE