Glazing + Comfort: Presentation on New Research

Date: May 13, 2016

Time: 9:00 am - 10:30 am

Host: Building Energy Exchange

Type: Lecture/Presentation


Join BEEx for a presentation of new research on the widely misunderstood impact of glazing selection on thermal comfort. Alejandra Menchaca, from the highly regarded Boston firm Payette, will travel to NYC to present their research findings on how the impact of glazing selection can positively impact thermal comfort while reducing perimeter heating system requirements in the winter time.


In our current paradigm, air temperature stands in as the primary metric of thermal comfort, with set points driving selection and sizing of mechanical systems. Any potential thermal comfort issues due to shortcomings in envelope performance are typically compensated with perimeter heating, further increasing the energy consumption of the building. This model is due for reconsideration. A better understanding of how thermal comfort is affected by different glazing performance criteria and geometries would allow architects and engineers to make better informed decisions when selecting a glazing scenario before it’s too late.


Alejandra Menchaca, PhD, LEED AP
Senior Building Scientist | Associate