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TH18EM - Glass Facades + Occupant Comfort Where’s the Balance Point?

Thursday, November 9 from 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM

Abstract Text:

Being thermally comfortable is one of the aspects that occupants value most in a building, research has found. And yet, achieving localized thermal comfort in cold climates is rarely a priority during the design process - it is always assumed that mechanical systems such as perimeter heating will guarantee it. However, with an increased interest in maximizing energy efficiency, façade transparency and building wellness, while minimizing first cost, this model is due for reconsideration.

What if the design team could understand, as early as schematics, which façade properties negatively or positively impact winter occupant comfort? What if there were a way to avoid installing perimeter heat by selecting the right glazing geometry and performance?

This interactive workshop will walk attendees through several tools available to design teams to understand the impact of glazing geometry and performance on occupant comfort in the winter time. Real case studies, ranging from residential to higher education, will be used to walk the audience through how each tool can be used during different stages of the design process. For each case study attendees will be able to suggest alternative designs to those presented and evaluate, on their mobile devices, their associated risk of discomfort.

Learning Objectives:

Understand what factors of glazing design make occupants feel cold in the winter time

Explain the impact of glazing geometry and performance on the need for perimeter heating

Quantify, using various publicly-available tools, occupant comfort under various environmental conditions.

List the pros and cons of each tool, and identify the best use for each one


GBCI Credit Hours:

Event Type: Emerging Professionals Pricing > Session


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