The harmonization of Canadian and U.S. window programs and standards. Impact on U-factor and SHGC of differences in simulation styles and assumptions

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The thermal performance of a window is currently characterized by the window`s thermal transmittance (U-factor) and its solar heat gain coefficient. The National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC) has established a system for rating the thermal performance of windows. the U-factor is determined through computer simulation and validated with physical tests. The solar heat gain coefficient is determined for homogeneous products through computer simulation. Test methods exist for measuring solar heat gain through more complex products, although there is currently no standard. Under the NFRC`s rating program, a window must be simulated using the Window 4.1 and Frame 3.1 computer programs. ... continued below

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The thermal performance of a window is currently characterized by the window`s thermal transmittance (U-factor) and its solar heat gain coefficient. The National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC) has established a system for rating the thermal performance of windows. the U-factor is determined through computer simulation and validated with physical tests. The solar heat gain coefficient is determined for homogeneous products through computer simulation. Test methods exist for measuring solar heat gain through more complex products, although there is currently no standard. Under the NFRC`s rating program, a window must be simulated using the Window 4.1 and Frame 3.1 computer programs. There is some debate as to how accurately these computer programs simulate actual windows. This report addresses the differences in simulation styles and assumptions and what impact these differences have on the U-factor and solar heat gain coefficient. Section 2.0 covers center-of-glass modeling, section 3.0 covers spacer modeling, section 4.0 covers frame modeling, and section 5.0 concludes by weight the relative importance of the assumptions discussed. The focus of this research is on U-factor. For a more detailed study of solar heat gain coefficients refer to Wright (1995). This report also addresses the efficacy of various techniques, such as increasing glazing gap width or applying low-emittance coatings to interior glazing surfaces, at reducing total window U-factors.

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OSTI as DE97000514

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  • Other: DE97000514
  • Report No.: DOE/GO/10044--T1
  • Grant Number: FG36-94GO10044
  • DOI: 10.2172/383616 | External Link
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 383616
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc679899

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The harmonization of Canadian and U.S. window programs and standards. Impact on U-factor and SHGC of differences in simulation styles and assumptions, report, May 31, 1995; United States. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc679899/: accessed December 15, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.