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A COMPARATIVE STUDY OF THE BUILDING ENERGY PERFORMANCE OF THERMOTROPIC WINDOWS.

Abstract
By : Jian Yao, Rong-Yue Zheng

 
This paper conducted a study on the energy-saving potential of a developed thermotropic window. Office buildings in different climate regions of China were compared in terms of heating, cooling and lighting energy demands. Results show that annual heating and cooling energy demands for office buildings differ largely, while lighting energy demand at different climates keeps a significant percentage of the total energy demand, ranging from 36.1% to 66.3%. Meanwhile, thermotropic windows achieve a great advantage in improving daylighting performance and in reducing the overall energy demand, by reducing the overall energy demand by 2.27%-8.7% and 10.1%-21.72%, respectively, compared to movable shading devices and Low-E windows. This means that this kind of thermotropic windows have a great potential in applications in different climatic regions and can be considered as a good substitute of solar shading devices and Low-E windows.
Keywords: Building Energy Performance, Thermotropic Windows, Daylighting, Different Climatic Zones.

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