ARCH 692B: Building Science Thesis

Dynamic Shading and Glazing Technologies: Improve Energy, Visual, and Thermal Performance

This research mainly provided methods to compare the performance of visual, energy, and thermal categories, and methods to put them into one scoring system to evaluate the comprehensive performance with the consideration of trade-offs. Performance of several shading and glazing options were evaluated. The results indicated that for either a small room with small window areas or a large office building with large glazing areas, a combinatorial system with electrochromic glazing and kinetic miniature blinds had an exceeding performance considering visual, thermal, and energy factors.