E3S Web Conf.
Volume 362, 2022BuildSim Nordic 2022
|Number of page(s)||8|
|Published online||01 December 2022|
Transmittance thresholds of electrochromic glazing to achieve annual low-glare work environments
Laboratory of Integrated Performance in Design (LIPID), Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Lausanne, Switzerland
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A recent study on the glare protection performance of electrochromic (EC) glazing showed that visible transmittance levels lower than 0.6% are necessary to achieve comfortable situations for sun positions, that were close to the central field of view. However, the question that arises is how often such situations occur throughout the year and how the glare protection performance of EC systems is for typical office situations for different climates and orientations. This study aims to quantify the annual performance for such configurations by applying improved simulation methods to conduct annual glare simulations and comparing them to the EN17037 classifications. The enhancement of the simulation method compared to existing methods was necessary to correctly consider the blurring effect in the lens of the eye – neglecting this would lead to an overestimation of glare.
We found that for mid and north European climates the extreme situations do not occur such often, so that the ECglazing systems being able to switch to transmittance levels of 1% can mitigate glare throughout the year reasonably well for typical office situations and reaches typically the highest glare protection category according to EN17037 for a viewing direction, that is parallel to the facade. For more sunny climates such as Rome, slightly lower transmittance levels (around 0.5%) would be necessary to achieve a similar glare protection level.
The study also revealed that tables E.7 and E.8 of EN17037 with pre-calculated 95-percentile Daylight Glare Probability (DGP) values should be re-calculated.
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