Effective solar shading devices for residential windows save energy and improve thermal conditions

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TypeArticle
Journal titleLighting design + application : LD + A
Volume39
Issue6
Pages1822; # of pages: 5
Subjectrollshutter; exterior shading; window; shading devices; screen shading; reflective shading; Lighting; Energy efficiency
AbstractIn this article we present research on the thermal effects of shading devices in cold-climate houses, which we hope will provide valuable supplemental information to the lighting designer. In Canada, the energy demand for residential heating and cooling accounts for 62% of the total energy of average homes. Although the overall cooling energy demand is much lower than that for heating, some highly-populated areas experience a peak demand for electricity on summer afternoons. Effective solar shading devices such as exterior movable insulating shutters and interior highly-reflective shades may reduce residential energy demand for heating and cooling and improve thermal conditions near windows.
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LanguageEnglish
AffiliationNRC Institute for Research in Construction; National Research Council Canada
Peer reviewedNo
NRC number51256
20278
NPARC number20374403
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Record created2012-07-23
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