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Title: Control criteria of electrochromic glasses for energy savings in mediterranean buildings refurbishment
Authors: Tavares, Paulo 
Bernardo, Hermano 
Gaspar, Adélio 
Martins, António 
Keywords: Building refurbishment Solar gain control Electrochromic windows Building energy performance simulation
Issue Date: 2016
Publisher: Elsevier
Project: CENTRO-07-0224-FEDER-002004 
Serial title, monograph or event: Solar Energy
Volume: 134
Abstract: During the next decades the refurbishment of old buildings will be an essential way to contribute to the global improvement of buildings energy performance indicators. Within this context, the present paper is focused on the use of electrochromic (EC) windows, an emerging technology alternative to shading devices, to control solar gains in buildings located in Mediterranean climates. The optical properties adjustments of the EC glasses are discussed based on the incident solar radiation. The ESP-r building energy simulation software was used to study the energy savings resulting from the application of electrochromic windows, considering the comparison of several windows solutions (single, double-glazing and EC windows) and windows orientations (East, South and West). In addition, different transition ranges for the optical properties of the EC glasses are assessed through the analysis of the energy needs for space heating and cooling. The main conclusion is that EC technology is an effective option in cooling dominated buildings. The impact of EC windows is highly dependent on facade orientation, being a valid option particularly in the cases of the East and West facades. For these facades, the control set point found to be effective corresponds to an incident solar radiation on the glass of 150 W/m2 to impose a total coloured state. For the South facade the results show no significant advantage of using EC windows.
ISSN: 0038-092X
DOI: 10.1016/j.solener.2016.04.022
Rights: embargoedAccess
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