Utilization of Solar Gain Through Windows for Heating Houses

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TypeArticle
Journal titleBuilding Research Note
ISSN0701-5232
Volume184
Pages19
Subjectsolar heating; solar energy; windows; Heat performance
AbstractThe heating energy requirements for houses may be estimated by a simple calculation using the concept of a seasonal solar utilization factor. Solar utilization factors were derived using an hour-by-hour computer simulation with actual weather data for five Canadian locations. These utilization factors are presented for various levels of thermal storage as a function of the ratio of seasonal solar gains to seasonal building loads. Curves are presented both for conditions of constant room temperature and for temperature swings of 2.75 and 5.5 degrees C. Experimental data obtained from the NRC Passive Solar Test Facility are shown to agree with calculations using the utilization factors.
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LanguageEnglish
AffiliationNRC Institute for Research in Construction; National Research Council Canada
NoteAussi Disponible en Français: Utilisation des Apports Solaires par les Fenêtres pour le Chauffage des Maisons
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IdentifierBRN-184
NRC number3518
NPARC number20375286
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Record created2012-07-23
Record modified2016-05-09
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