Learning Objectives - After reading this article, you should be able to:
- Explain the impact of effective glazing and curtainwall systems on overall potential energy savings in the buildings sector.
- Compare in detail the energy efficiency of a dry glazed curtainwall system with a silicone structurally glazed system, in hot and cold climates, focusing on the critical choices of glass type and spacer system.
- Employ state of the art modeling software for analyzing glazing systems, including THERM, WINDOW and EFEN.
- Describe the direct correlation of energy use and resultant CO2 emissions by analyzing a specific building in two different environments.
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Global factors such as urbanization, high cost of energy and climate change are driving the need for more sustainable construction, but the popularity of transparent glass curtainwall facades is increasing also, presenting a major design challenge. What is the most energy efficient way to design a fenestration system? This course takes a basic scientific approach to comparing dry glazed systems with thermally broken structural silicone systems, in hot and cold climates, focusing on the critical choices of glass type and spacer system. State of the art software systems, powerful yet readily available, are used to find the most energy efficient design, and to show the direct relationship of energy saved to carbon emissions avoided.
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