A method for estimating the utilization of solar gain through windows

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TypeArticle
Journal titleASHRAE Transactions
ISSN0001-2505
Volume89
Issue1A
Pages1222; # of pages: 11
Subjectwindows; solar energy; heat gains; seasons; passive solar test facility; seasonal solar utilization factors; Heat performance
AbstractThe heating energy requirements for houses may be estimated by a simple calculation using the concept of seasonal solar utilization factors derived from hour-by-hour computer simulation of 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 gain to seasonal building load. Curves are presented for conditions of constant room temperature and for temperature swings of 2.75 degrees C and 5.5 degrees C. Experimental data obtained from the 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
Peer reviewedYes
IdentifierDBR-P-1163
NRC number23053
3485
NPARC number20375635
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Record created2012-07-23
Record modified2016-05-09
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