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Boosting Envelope Performance with Advanced Window Solutions by Robert Hart and Katie Cort
Thursday, October 20, 2022, 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM PST
Category: 2022 Member Meetings

Your speakers:

Robert Hart – Principal Scientific Engineering Associate - Windows & Envelope Materials Group – Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Robert Hart performs research and model development of energy-efficient windows and window attachments within the Windows and Envelope Materials Group. His recent work includes the development and experimental analysis of highly insulating "super windows", shading systems, and vacuum glazing. He holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and a M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University with concentrations in heat transfer and fluid dynamics. He is a registered Professional Engineer in the state of California, and a LEED AP.

Katie Cort – Senior Research Economist – Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Katie Allen Cort is a senior economist with Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) and team lead for multiple projects focused on high-performance windows, window attachments, envelope, and HVAC technologies.  Ms. Cort has over 25 years of experience analyzing energy-efficiency programs, technologies, and research and provides technical support for the U.S.  Department of Energy's Building Technologies Program.  She also has experience with analysis related to environmental, resilience, and economic impact assessments and currently leads the PNNL High-R Window Field Validation program.  She holds an M.A. in Economics from the University of Washington.

Presentation: Boosting Envelope Performance with Advanced Window Solutions

Of all the building envelope components – roofs, walls, floors, and windows -- thermal transfers through windows consistently account for a disproportionate share of a buildings heating and cooling load. In order to meet regional and national carbon reduction targets, we will need to substantially reduce building energy use, which will require improving window performance in both new and existing buildings. To address this issue, the U.S. Department of Energy has funded national laboratory research and field validation studies focused on advancing window performance and transforming the market for advanced window solutions.  In today’s talk, researchers from Berkeley Lab and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory will share some of the latest research on advanced window and window attachments solutions, including the results of field validation studies for multiple window technologies and building types carried out in the Pacific Northwest.  They will also share information on the latest energy rating and code developments and how building professionals can use these ratings to evaluate, specify, and acquire high performance window solutions for programs and projects.