Glazing and Winter Comfort Tool
Location: Boston, Massachusetts
Category D: Practice-based or Academic Research, Curriculum, or Applied Technology Development
The tool aims to be simple and intuitive so that architects and engineers can design façades that provide the desired levels of transparency, comfort and energy performance at an ideal cost.
The Glazing and Winter Comfort Tool is based on existing scientific research that aims to improve the design community’s understanding of the triggers of thermal discomfort in the wintertime. It was developed to be simple and intuitive so that architects and engineers can design glazed facades that provide the desired levels of transparency, comfort and energy performance at an ideal cost. The development of the tool involved contributions from building scientists, designers and web developers. Previously, the only way to understand which façade properties negatively or positively impact occupant comfort involved a costly and time-intensive Computational Fluid Dynamics simulation. The Glazing and Winter Thermal Comfort Tool was conceived to facilitate this decision-making process quickly and inexpensively early in the design.