A Detailed Study of Sunshades and their Effects on Performance

Apr 13, 2015

Sunshades control the amount of direct sunlight through the building's windows, and offer premium energy savings that can drastically lower the energy usage. However, sunshades can also lead to the possibility of thermal bridging and condensation if not designed and detailed properly. This study demonstrates how sunshades can affect the following six critical design components for a high-performing building enclosure: energy consumption, daylighting and glare, thermal bridging, thermal comfort condensation, and structural integrity.

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Joe Fong, RA, NCARB, LEED AP (BD+C) Walter P. Moore
Proceedings of the BEST4 Conference
Presented at: 
BEST4 Conference
Published & professionally reviewed by: 
BEST4 Technical Committee, National Institute of Building Sciences

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