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This research evaluates the effects of varying thermal properties of windows in
residential energy use for the moderate altitude and 36'N latitude climate of southern
Nevada, which has a distinct cooling season. A selection of windows across different
shading conditions and total window areas were studied using BEopt energy simulation.
Findings demonstrate that for the specific climate, latitude, and altitude of Las Vegas,
Nevada, the most expensive “high performance” windows are not always the best
option in terms of total site energy use, and can be outperformed by properly shaded
less advanced windows. Under certain conditions, shading was found to decrease
required winter heating site energy to a greater degree than it reduced summer cooling
needs for the studied climate. This study was performed as part of the U.S. Department
of Energy Race To Zero Student Design Competition.
Energy; Sustainability; Windows
Architecture | Sustainability
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Mccredo, David, "Design Guidelines and Strategies for Thermal Solar Management of Fenestration in the Desert Climate" (2018). UNLV Theses, Dissertations, Professional Papers, and Capstones. 3290.
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