Experimental evaluation of ventilated glazing performance in Hong Kong

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)526-537
Journal / PublicationInternational Journal of Energy Research
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2009


Window glazing affects much the indoor environment and the energy use in buildings. While double glazing has better thermal performance than single glazing, the airflow window options carry additional advantage of directly removing the absorbed solar energy in glass panes. This paper reports an experimental study in Hong Kong in evaluating the thermal/ energy performance of the above-mentioned glazing systems. A new approach of using numerical simulation technique to improve the quality of experimental analysis was introduced. Our findings show that the natural-ventilated glazing system has a better thermal performance than the double-glazing system since the latter received 13.6% more convective heat gain. The main advantage of the exhaust-ventilated glazing system lies in the decrease of convective heat transfer to 34.3% of the double glazing, and 19.4% of the single-glazing types. The results showed that the ventilated glazing schemes in association with daylight utilization could lead to substantial electricity savings in the office environment. Copyright © 2008 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

Research Area(s)

  • Daylight utilization, Energy conservation, Experimental study, Ventilated glazing