A Method for optimization of south window areas in houses

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ConferenceProc. ASHRAE/DOE Conf. on Thermal Performance of the Exterior Envelopes of Buildings II: 06 December 1982, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Pages9931003; # of pages: 11
Subjectwindows; south; heating (techniques); solar energy; heat recovery; design criteria; heating energy requirement calculation; direct-gain passive solar houses; thermal storage mass; Heat performance
AbstractA simple graphical procedure is presented for calculating the heating energy requirement of direct-gain, passive solar houses during the design process in order to establish the combination of south window area and thermal storage mass that will minimize purchased space heating energy. It is applicable to the complete range of house construction types, from high-mass, direct-gain passive solar houses to low-mass, light-frame houses. An example illustrates the use of the method in establishing the optimum south-facing window area.
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AffiliationNRC Institute for Research in Construction; National Research Council Canada
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NRC number23267
NPARC number20375361
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