Low-Emissivity (low-e) Glass and Low Energy Building Design

Friday, April 11, 2014
1:00pm – 5pm
Cost: No fee for this program for California businesses and residents.
Click here for registration (select Oakland as location)

Bill Burke from the PEC staff will discuss how low-emissivity (low-e) and spectrally selective coatings affect the performance of window glass. He will also describe the impact of framing material and spacers on thermal performance, and review current Title 24 energy standards for residential and nonresidential windows.

• Introductions and Safety Announcements
• Methods of Heat Transfer
• Heat Loss and U-Factor
• Heat Gain and Solar Heat Gain Coefficient
• Thermal Energy
• Solar Heat
• Visible and Infrared Wavelengths
• Emissivity
• Low-e Coatings and Glass
• Reducing Winter Heat Loss
• Spectrally Selective Coatings and Glass
• Reducing Summer Heat Gain
• The Impact of the Frame
• Financial Incentives
• Window Choices and Whole Building Energy Use

William Burke is an architect with more than 20 years experience emphasizing environmental issues and energy efficiency. As Program Manager at Pacific Gas & Electric Company’s (PG&E) Pacific Energy Center, Bill manages the Pacific Energy Center’s architectural educational programs and consultations, with a focus on improved building performance through good site design, high performance glazing, daylighting, and other green building strategies.

Immediately prior to joining PG&E, Bill managed the Vital Signs Curriculum Project. Vital Signs, organized through the University of California, Berkeley, assisted educators in introducing energy efficiency and building performance topics into architectural curricula at schools throughout North America. Bill practiced architecture in the San Francisco offices of HOK and MBT Architecture, where he completed numerous health care and laboratory projects.

Bill received his M.Arch. degree from the University of Oregon in 1986 and a B.A. from Grinnell College in 1976. He is a registered architect in the State of California, a member of the American Institute of Architects, and a LEED Accredited Professional.

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