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Vol. 156, Issue 9, September 2013, pp. 384-389

 

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Computational Simulation and Analysis of Energy-saving Glazing Units in Residential Buildings
 
Zhuolun Chen

Architectural Design & Research Institute, South China University of Technology, Guangzhou, Guangdong, P. R. China, 510640 State Key Laboratory of Subtropical Building Science, South China University of Technology, Guangzhou, Guangdong, P. R. China, 510640

 

Received: 24 August 2013   /Accepted: 25 August 2013   /Published: 30 September 2013

Digital Sensors and Sensor Sysstems

 

Abstract: Building materials have played a more and more important role in saving building energy since the central government of China set higher standards and requirements for new-constructed and retrofit buildings after 2005. Glazing units, especially energy-saving units including LOW-E coated glazing units and PVB laminated glass, are utilized nation-wide. This paper employs energy simulation to analyze the energy-saving effects of different glazing units in residential buildings in the city of Guangzhou, as an example of hot-humid climate in China. It appeals that the PVB laminated glass can refuse 44 % solar radiation to enter rooms and reduce 40 % of the shading coefficient comparing to clear glass. Meanwhile, in the aspects of operation and design of the HVAC system, 28 % of cooling load, 21 % of installed capacity and 8.6 % of full-load operation time can be saved.

 

Keywords: Energy-saving glazing units, Residential buildings, Thermal properties, Energy conservation, Computational simulation.

 

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