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Proceedings of SimBuild Conference 2012: 5th conference of IBPSA USA


A Parametric Study of the Thermal Performance of Double Skin Facades at Different Climates Using Annual Energy Simulation

Emir Aykut Pekdemir, Ralph T. Muehleisen
M.S., Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, IL
Ph.D., P.E., LEED AP, FASA, Argonne National Laboratory, IL

Abstract: This research analyzes the thermal performance of several types of Double Skin Facades [DSF] to determine which are best suited for each climate zone. The purpose of the research is to help guide project owners and unspecialized architects during their decision making process, when they choose to design a DSF. Using Building Energy Modeling [BEM] software, various types of naturally ventilated DSFs are analyzed in all seventeen ASHRAE climate zones. The thermal performance of the DSF is determined by comparing the building energy use data of a generic office building. The different types of DSFs are created following a set of parameters such as stratification type, permissibility of airflow, and width of interstitial space.
Pages: 211 - 218