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Study on Energy Conservation Performance for Integrated External Louver Facades

Yutaka Misawa

Abstract


The authors previously proposed integrated-facade-systems comprising different types of external louvers integrated with buckling restraint braces. The systems can be applied to both new and existing buildings, paying attention to the building’s appearance, upgraded structural performance and indoor environment. The authors have studied indoor daylight conditions with louver facades and a research paper was published in this journal (Misawa et al., 2014). This research study reports on the energy conservation performance for louver facades and proposes an External Shading Coefficient (hereinafter referred to as the ESC) for external louver systems. Situations with five external louvers types and no louvers, facing three facade orientations (East, South and West) are examined. The annual ESC is simulated every hour using Radiance software for transient solar radiation calculations. Furthermore, by using the proposed ESC, case studies for typical Japanese offices are carried out to verify reduction effects on the annual air-conditioning load and electrical energy consumption of an air source heat pump for each louver set-up. Simulation results are calculated for every hour using TRNSYS software; the results show that both air-conditioning loads and electrical energy consumption are reduced regardless of louver types and facade orientations when integrated external louver facades are installed.


Keywords


Facade; External louver system; Sun shading; Office building; Annual air-conditioning load; Electrical energy consumption

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7480/jfde.2015.3-4.993

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