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Guidelines for effective residential solar shading devices

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This study presents guidelines for the effective use of solar shading devices installed on residential windows under typical Canadian cold climates. The study addresses: thermal peak loads and energy use of old, current and future low or net-zero energy Canadian houses; energy costs and pay-back periods; thermal and visual comfort conditions near windows; potential risk of moisture condensation on the interior surfaces of the windows; and excessive thermal stresses of window glass panes.

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