An analysis of daylighting and solar heat for cooling-dominated office buildings

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)251-262
Journal / PublicationSolar Energy
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 1999


Computer simulation techniques were used to assess the energy performance of a generic commercial office building in Hong Kong. The simulation tool was DOE-2.1E. The thermal and energy performance of daylighting schemes were analysed in terms of the reduction in electric lighting requirement and the cooling penalty due to solar heat. Regression analysis was conducted to correlate the peak electricity demand and annual incremental electricity use with two fenestration variables, namely the solar aperture and the daylighting aperture. Contours of equal annual incremental electricity use were shown to be a function of the solar and daylighting apertures. It is envisaged that these simple charts can be a useful design tool for architects and engineers to assess the relative energy performance of different fenestration designs, particularly during the initial design stage when different building design schemes and concepts are being considered and developed.