Established as a follow-up to the glazings work of Task 10, this Task aims to
develop the scientific, engineering and architectural basis to support the
appropriate use of advanced glazings in buildings in order to achieve
significant energy and environmental benefits.
The applications assessment activity focuses on identifying the best glazing
materials for particular applications, predicting the energy and environmental
benefits of advanced glazing materials, and assessing the effect of climate on
performance. Modelling studies will play an important part in this work.
Fourteen case studies have been initiated which integrate a series of material
development and measurement activities to enable an extensive, in-depth
determination and examination of material properties (optical, thermal,
mechanical, etc.) and performance levels for a variety of glazing materials.
Materials included in the case study projects are transparent insulation,
aerogels, switchable (chromogenic) glazings, low-emittance coating, evacuated
glazings, and light transport and holographic media. Particular attention is
being paid to the subject of frame and edge seal technology and to the
development of high performance frames.
Based on the knowledge gained in these activities, a variety of reports will be
compiled to provide guidance on the application of advanced materials. These
will include technical summaries of individual materials across a range of
building types, advice on the availability and use of design tools, and
assessment of the energy and environmental implications of advanced glazing
1992 - 1997