Sengupta J., Chapman K.S., Keshavarz A.
Bibliographic info:
Ashrae 2005 Winter meeting, technical and symposium papers, Orlando, February 2005

This paper discusses the development of a methodology to quantify window performance on human thermal comfort with eight case studies of different window systems. The methodology is based on the Building Comfort Analysis Program that was developed during ASHRAE research projects 657 and 907.
Human thermal comfort is achieved by maintaining a heat balance between the human body and the environment. This is accomplished by convection and radiation. In a room there are other associated issues, such as conduction through the walls, convection past the walls, and radiation between the various surfaces, that will influence comfort. The presence of a window system adds complexity to the problem as they have different optical and thermal properties. This paper expands on the existing three-dimensional mathematical model by incorporating a method to read in a user-defined window. A representative case study is analyzed to illustrate the means of quantifying the results.