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Thermal and Energy Modeling of Two Fenestration Systems in Hot and Cold Climates

Global factors such as urbanization, high cost of energy and climate change are driving the need for more sustainable construction, but the popularity of transparent glass curtainwall facades is increasing also, presenting a major design challenge. What is the most energy efficient way to design a fenestration system? This course takes a basic scientific approach to comparing dry glazed systems with thermally broken structural silicone systems, in hot and cold climates, focusing on the critical choices of glass type and spacer system. State of the art software systems, powerful yet readily available, are used to find the most energy efficient design, and to show the direct relationship of energy saved to carbon emissions avoided.

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You can take this course and follow along at your own pace. Speed up, slow down, or stop now and finish later. Click "Take the Course Test" to go straight to the test and earn your credits. You'll know immediately if you have earned credits and you will be able to print out your certificate of completion instantly.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this course you will be able to:

  • Explain the impact of effective glazing and curtainwall systems on overall potential energy savings in the buildings sector.
  • Compare in detail the energy efficiency of a dry glazed curtainwall system with a silicone structurally glazed system, in hot and cold climates, focusing on the critical choices of glass type and spacer system.
  • Employ state of the art modeling software for analyzing glazing systems, including THERM, WINDOW and EFEN.
  • Describe the direct correlation of energy use and resultant CO2 emissions by analyzing a specific building in two different environments.

AIA logo Credits: 1.00 HSW

Course Outline:

This course is a presentation designed to earn you 1.00 AIA/CES Learning Unit. Use the onscreen controls to pace the presentation to your liking, and then click "Take the Course Test" to take the exam for this course and earn your credit.

 

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