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Advances in Energy Research
  Volume 5, Number 4, December 2017 , pages 289-304
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Analysis of energy and daylight performance of adjustable shading devices in region with hot summer and cold winter
Ahmed A. Freewan and Lina W. Shqra

    Large glazed surfaces and windows become common features in modern buildings. The spread of these features was influenced by the dependence of designers on mechanical and artificial systems to provide occupants with thermal and visual comfort. Countries with hot summer and cold winter conditions, like Jordan, require maximum shading from solar radiation in summer, and maximum exposure in winter to reduce cooling and heating loads respectively. The current research aims at designing optimized double-positioned external shading device systems that help to reduce energy consumption in buildings and provide thermal and visual comfort during both hot and cold seasons. Using energy plus, a whole building energy simulation program, and radiance, Lighting Simulation Tool, with DesignBuilder interface, a series of computer simulations for energy consumption and daylighting performance were conducted for offices with south, east, or west windows. The research was based on comparison to determine the best fit characteristics for two positions of adjustable horizontal louvers on south facade or vertical fins on east and west facades for summer and winter conditions. The adjustable shading systems can be applied for new or retrofitted office or housing buildings. The optimized shading devices for summer and winter positions helped to reduce the net annual energy consumption compared to a base case space with no shading device or with curtains and compared to fix shading devices.
Key Words
    exterior shading system; glazed surfaces; cooling loads; heating loads; lighting loads; indoor comfort; adjustable shading devices; greenhouse gas (GHG); window wall ratio (WWR)
Ahmed A. Freewan and Lina W. Shqra: Department of Architecture Jordan University of Science and Technology, Irbid, 22110, P.O. Box 3030, Jordan

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