Metal mesh grids and perforated screens are used in new and renovated buildings as an external second skin for the building envelope; to enhance architecture design, to filter daylight and to reduce solar gains. Their effectiveness as shading devices depends on their geometry, texture and application. In the first part of the paper six types of shadings with similar transparencies, depending on geometry and openness factor of metal mesh grid and perforated screen, were investigated. Integrating sphere measurements were collected to obtain spectral optical properties of the shading devices. The optical properties were measured for incidence angles between normal and 60°with a step of 15°. The data collected were integrated to obtain visible and solar transmittance values in accordance with ISO 9050. In the second part of the paper a parametric study on spacing and thread dimension of metal mesh grids was done using Window 6.2 models to evaluate their shading potential, defining annual different shading profiles depending on shading geometry, latitude and orientation. A conventional office unit with a curtain wall façade with a metal mesh grid shading system was modeled in TRNSYS to evaluate the solar gain profiles and their effects on the energy balance of the office unit, under different weather conditions.
|Publication status||Published - 2014|
|Event||2nd International Conference on Solar Heating and Cooling for Buildings and Industry, SHC 2013 - , Germany|
Duration: 1 Jan 2014 → …
|Conference||2nd International Conference on Solar Heating and Cooling for Buildings and Industry, SHC 2013|
|Period||1/1/14 → …|
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Mainini, A. G., Poli, T., Zinzi, M., & Speroni, A. (2014). Spectral light transmission measure of metal screens for glass façades and assessment of their shading potential. Paper presented at 2nd International Conference on Solar Heating and Cooling for Buildings and Industry, SHC 2013, Germany. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.egypro.2014.02.146