The Impact of Window Energy Efficiency and How to Make Smart Choices

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The Impact of Window Energy Efficiency and How to Make Smart Choices

Time: October 3, 2013 from 11am to 12pm
Location: Center for Energy and Environment
Website or Map: http://mncee.org/Innovation-E…
Event Type: webinar
Organized By: Anna Jursik
Latest Activity: Sep 27, 2013

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Presented by:

John Carmondy - Director, Center for Sustainable Building Research
Kerry Haglund - Former Research Fellow, Center for Sustainable Building Research

As of 2010, 41% percent of U.S. primary energy was consumed by buildings. CEE’s research to evaluate how window upgrades and retrofits could impact energy efficiency in Minnesota alone estimates savings are in the range of five to six percent. For the last twenty years, the Center for Sustainable Building Research (CSBR) of the University of Minnesota has been conducting research on efficient window products.

Recently, they have partnered with Lawrence Berkeley National Lab to develop tools that assist architects, engineers, and other building professionals make impactful window and day-lighting decisions early in conceptual design. This webinar will share an overview of how window specification can impact building efficiency, the free and robust tools that now exist to guide smart specification and building design across the country, how to use the tools, and interesting implications of these tools.

Target Audience:

Architects, engineers, developers, facility managers and energy services professionals engaged with the design and operation of efficient commercial buildings.

Learning Objective 1
Describe the Façade Design Tool and the benefits of using this online tool early in the design process.


Learning Objective 2
Compare the performance of a building with a large window-to-wall ratio with that of a small window-to-wall ratio to see the benefits of high-performance windows.


Learning Objective 3
Identify the impact that windows with external shading devices have compared to unshaded high-performance windows.


Learning Objective 4
Learn features of the COMFEN user interface and understand its results of energy, peak demand, and thermal and visual comfort.

*This webinar meets the GBCI requirements for self reporting continuing education credits. Save an image of this registration page for your own personal records.

This webinar speaks directly to commercial window products with a particular emphasis on cold climate needs. It will present products for both new construction and retrofits. However, since residential and commercial windows products are both applicable for commercial buildings, the webinar will review several types of products. In early 2014, a second webinar in this series will speak to the cost benefits of window upgrades and retrofits in Minnesota, specifically, and the extent of the potential applications.

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