ruminations about architecture and design

Thursday, September 5, 2013

deterioration of beliefs

Are all glass facades okay for some building types? I'm starting to struggle with that again. I think it comes down to the gain vs. enclosure dominated building condition. Suppose an office building has an all glass facade with with spectrally selective glazing and exterior sunshading supplemented by interior shades. In northern climates will the heat gains on the interior, plus solar gains, mitigate heat loss to the exterior? Will occupants be more comfortable and pay lower utility bills than occupants in an equivalent building with a more "appropriate" wall to window ratio?

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