Climate Change and Performance of Facade Systems: Analysis of Thermal Behavior and Energy Consumption in Different Climate Types

Nov 28, 2016

This article presents thermal and energy performance of various facade systems under current and future climate conditions. The study utilized thermal and energy modeling of conventional and thermally improved facades. Thermal modeling was used to compare relative thermal performance of investigated facades, and energy modeling was used to simulate energy consumption of an office space in fifteen different climate types. Results show the impacts of climate change on energy performance and show that the energy usage is increased for all exterior wall types and almost in all climates.

keywords: high-performance facades, simulations, heat transfer, energy modeling, energy efficiency, climate change

Ajla Aksamija, Ph.D., LEED AP BD+C, CDT (Perkins+Will)
Troy Peters, LEED AP (Wentworth Institute of Technology)
Perkins+Will Research Journal
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