Glazing and Winter Comfort Tool

Architect: Payette

Location: Boston, Massachusetts

Category D: Practice-based or Academic Research, Curriculum, or Applied Technology Development

Honorable Mention

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.

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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.

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Jury

Ken Sanders, FAIA (Chair), Gensler, San Francisco

Heather Burpee, University of Washington, Seattle

Ian O’Cain, AIA, Eskew+Dumez+Ripple Architects, New Orleans

Greg Gidez, AIA, Hensel Phelps Construction, Greeley, Colorado

Pierce Reynoldson, Skanska, New York City

Jury comments

"This presentation and tool are right on target for this award - it is innovative, collaborative, and the example of the kind of knowledge that needs to be at the fingertips of every designer when making decisions trading off between performance and cost. The presentation clearly outlines a complex topic, making it understandable and makes the concepts accessible. As a profession, we need to be able to make quick design decisions that include performance characteristics and long-term costs. This tool addresses that need. The team also showcases that experts from various realms can and should work together to solve what can seem like wicked problems, but can be understood and managed once the right people are working together. A valuable resource accessible to students or experienced professional alike. It synthesizes a lot of complicated factors under a user-friendly hood, and then helps you understand the results." A Good tool to get people thinking about the issues. Like the inter-disciplinary approach, and it's great to see a tool that speaks to user experience - in this case, thermal comfort."

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