The thermal performance of window coverings in a whole house test facility with single-glazed sash windows

Fitton, R ORCID:, Swan, W ORCID:, Hughes, T and Benjaber, MAA 2017, 'The thermal performance of window coverings in a whole house test facility with single-glazed sash windows' , Energy Efficiency, 10 (6) , pp. 1419-1431.

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The residential sector is responsible for 29% of the total energy consumption of the UK, with 62% of this energy being used for space heating. Heat loss through the fabric of building elements is a crucial factor in the energy efficiency of homes, and a wide number of studies have looked at physical interventions to improve the energy efficiency of existing buildings, commonly called retrofit. This research considers the impact of window coverings on reducing heat loss from homes, a measure that is not commonly considered an energy efficiency intervention. Although the amount of glazing varies widely between homes, all windows are a significant factor contributing to heat loss. While physical changes such as double and triple glazing can improve the energy performance of buildings, the impact of curtains and blinds is not well characterised. Previous research into window coverings has been undertaken using laboratory tests, such as hotbox and small climatic chamber environments. This study presents the impact of window coverings on heat loss within a unique whole house test facility. This allows for a better replication of a real heating system and the effects that it has on localised heat transfer. This gives a more detailed picture of in situ performance, similar to that which may be found in the field.

Item Type: Article
Schools: Schools > School of the Built Environment
Journal or Publication Title: Energy Efficiency
Publisher: Springer
ISSN: 1570-646X
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Date Deposited: 22 May 2017 09:25
Last Modified: 15 Feb 2022 22:01

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