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Visualizing Weather Data Using Climate Consultant

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Visualizing Weather Data Using Climate Consultant

Originally published on December 28, 2015 by BNP Media through the Architectural Roofing & Waterproofing Blog. The U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy (EERE) provides public access to long-term climate data for over 2,100 locations throughout the world in formats suitable for the publicly-funded EnergyPlus whole-building energy modeling software. These files are chock-full of hourly weather data of 30-year averages for temperature, humidity, wind speeds, and much more. For residential projects and other skin-load dominated….

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The Difference Between Reflectance and Emittance

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The Difference Between Reflectance and Emittance

Originally published on November 18, 2015 by BNP Media through the Architectural Roofing & Waterproofing Blog. What is emittance? Among the three basic forms of heat transfer – conduction, convection, and radiation – the term emittance refers to a material’s ability to release heat through radiation. The term necessarily refers to the heat exchange at surface of a material because heat exchange through a solid would be conductive and heat exchange through a fluid would be convective. Emittance is the….

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We Must Address Our Aging Infrastructure

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We Must Address Our Aging Infrastructure

Originally published on September 22, 2015 by BNP Media through the Walls & Ceilings Blog. Infrastructure is essential for every family, community, and business to function. It encompasses everything from the water that comes out of your faucet to the Hoover Dam; from the road in your neighborhood to our expansive interstate highway network. Planes, trains, ports, the electric grid, solid way conveyance – it all falls under the umbrella of infrastructure. It is the foundation that connects society, driving….

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Examining the Jevons Paradox through Residential Energy Consumption

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Examining the Jevons Paradox through Residential Energy Consumption

Originally published on August 13, 2015 by BNP Media through the Walls & Ceilings Blog. Is there any such thing as a ‘perfect’ energy code? I recently posed this question to a colleague of mine – a gentleman with whom I have served alongside in multiple state code review committees over the years. He poignantly offered, “While new energy codes may improve the energy efficiency of a building, it does not follow axiomatically that the building will use less energy.”….

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Understanding the Profile Angle

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Understanding the Profile Angle

Originally published on July 6, 2015 by BNP Media through the Walls & Ceilings Blog. If you’ve ever designed an overhang to protect a window, you have been confronted with the question of how far should it extend? It seems like a simple enough question, yet the factors to consider lead to ever more questions: …which way does the window face? …how much of the window should be protected? …how is the overhang length related to various Sun angles? At….

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When the ‘Prevailing’ Wind Direction is Anything But

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When the ‘Prevailing’ Wind Direction is Anything But

Originally published on June 1, 2015 by BNP Media through the Walls & Ceilings Blog. The wind rose is a conventional diagram for characterizing both the direction and frequency of wind around a project site. This graphic is commonly included in a climate data analysis. Some software platforms such as Climate Consultant, one of several free energy analysis tools developed and released through the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) Department of Architecture & Urban Design, can generate wind roses….

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Comparing Solar Heat Gain Coefficients (SHGC) and Shading Coefficients (SC)

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Comparing Solar Heat Gain Coefficients (SHGC) and Shading Coefficients (SC)

Originally published on May 18, 2015 by BNP Media through the Walls & Ceilings Blog. I was recently discussing glazing properties with a mechanical engineer for an energy model of a corporate headquarters we are working on. We discussed U-factors first and then moved on to shading properties. We had this awkward moment where he asked me what the shading coefficients were. “You mean the solar heat gain coefficients?” “No, the shading coefficients,” he responded. This caught me off guard…..

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Gauging the Seasonal Efficiency of Air-Source Heat Pumps

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Gauging the Seasonal Efficiency of Air-Source Heat Pumps

Originally published on February 23, 2015 by BNP Media through the Walls & Ceilings Blog. Recently, I was working on an energy model for a high-performance housing prototype. Mostly, I apply energy modeling to non-residential structures. I did not have a coefficient of performance (COP) at my fingertips for the air-source heat pump (ASHP) used in my baseline model. In this context, the COP is the ratio of the amount of thermal energy (heat) delivered by a heat pump to….

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The 2030 Challenge Ratchets Up

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The 2030 Challenge Ratchets Up

Originally published on February 6, 2015 by BNP Media through the Walls & Ceilings Blog. In the new year, project teams committed to the 2030 Challenge are being asked to kick their performance goals up a notch. As of January 1, 2015, the energy performance target for new buildings, including major renovations, has increased from 60% below the regional average to 70% below the regional average. For project teams looking to possibly commit to 2030 Challenge for the first time,….

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The Truth About Spray-Foam

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The Truth About Spray-Foam

Originally published on January 26, 2015 by BNP Media through the Walls & Ceilings Blog. Spray-foam has a reputation of providing superior insulating qualities compared to fiberglass batt, mineral wool, cellulose, and other insulation alternatives. The truth is that spray-foam does not necessarily perform better than other types of insulation when it comes to conductive heat transfer. Think about the insulation products you’ve seen at your local home-improvement store. Remember that big number on the label that started with an….

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