WinSim: A simple simulation program for evaluating the influence of windows on heating demand and risk of overheating

Jørgen Munthe Schultz, Sv Aa Højgaard Svendsen

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    A two-node model of a room has been implemented in a computer program, WinSim, devel-oped for evaluation of thermal performance of windows in new buildings and in case of retro-fitting. The program calculates the annual heating demand and the number of hours with in-door temperatures higher than a user defined limit. WinSim is characterised by the limited amount of required input data. Guide-lines for calculation of the effective thermal capacity of the room is given, and results obtained with WinSim have been compared to results from an advanced building simulation program. Good agreement has been found between the two programs with respect to calculated annual heating demand and energy savings due to win-dow exchange, and also the calculated number of hours with overtemperature is similar. Based on the limited examples used for the comparison it can be concluded that WinSim is well suited for a quick but realistic evaluation of thermal performance of windows.
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalSolar Energy
    Issue number4
    Pages (from-to)251-258
    Publication statusPublished - 1998

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