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Proceedings of eSim 2012: 7th Conference of IBPSA-Canada


Effect of window modifications on household energy requirement for heating and cooling in Canada

Sara Nikoofard, V. Ugursal, Ian Beausoleil-Morrison

Abstract: This study evaluates the effect of window modifications on heating and cooling energy requirement of houses in Canada based on detailed energy simulations of a representative one-storey detached house. The effects of the type (glazing and frame), orientation and size of the window on heating and cooling energy requirement are investigated for five major cities (Halifax, Quebec, Toronto, Calgary, Vancouver) representing the major climatic regions in Canada (Atlantic, Quebec, Ontario, Prairies, Pacific). It is found that it is possible to save heating energy by adding well-insulated windows to the south side of a house to make use of incident solar energy. Also, as expected, replacing low quality windows with well-insulated windows result in both heating and cooling energy savings. Since Canada has a heating dominant climate, the use of well-insulated windows with wood frame on the south side for passive solar applications is beneficial from an energy saving perspective.
Pages: 324 - 337