People employed in building offices have new needs in terms of comfort at the working place. To satisfy these needs, it is necessary that architects check carefully the efficiency of the corresponding new systems that they conceive in order to improve these people working conditions. This study shows that it is possible to optimize the sizing up of the different elements of an office cell front (envelope) containing, in addition to the glass wall, sun-breaker strips and an electrochromic protection. For that purpose, the inverse simulation technique was used thanks to several programs. The thermal performances of the office cell envelope were determined with solar tools. It is shown that the various architectural elements of the envelope improve meaningfully the thermal comfort of the cell. Since there is a unilateral relationship between constraint and optimization, each optimization of the sizing up of the envelope elements makes sense.
Optimization of a sun-breaker envelope from an CAD software inverse approach
23rd AIVC and EPIC 2002 Conference (in conjunction with 3rd European Conference on Energy Performance and Indoor Climate in Buildings) "Energy efficient and healthy buildings in sustainable cities", Lyon, France, 23-26 October 2002