Date of Award

6-2011

Degree Name

Master of Science in Engineering

Department

Civil and Construction Engineering

First Advisor

Dr. Pingbo Tang

Second Advisor

Dr. Osama Abudayyeh

Third Advisor

Dr. Haluk Aktan

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Campus Only

Abstract

Solar conditions and window types are two factors substantially influencing building performance. Currently, lack of systematical studies about the interactions between these two factors results in ad-hoc installations of energy efficiency windows, which may waste costs on expensive energy efficiency windows installed on building sides with little solar condition variations.

The ENERGY STAR® program created standard windows substantially more efficient. However, windows in the market today have many kinds of efficient windows. The main purpose of the high performance windows is to reduce the effect of energy use in a building, and while perhaps increasing the cost of installation. Architects, Engineers, Construction, and Owners (AECO) need to know where to install which types of windows in their building to obtain both an economical solution and energy saving.

Furthermore, the objective of this paper is to investigate the combined effects of solar conditions and window types on building energy performances, and study how to achieve more economical building design with least scarification of building performance. Building information modeling technology will be used to support the selection of the type of windows. Also, to investigate how much the heat gain and lose effect the selection of the type of window on each facade of the building.

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