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Title: WINDOW BLINDS AS A POTENTIAL ENERGY SAVER - A CASE STUDY
Author(s): A I RUBIN; B L COLLINS; R L TIBBOTT
Corporate Author: US Dept of Commerce
National Bureau of Standards
United States of America
Date Published: 1978
Page Count: 85
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice/
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Language: English
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Annotation: THE NATIONAL BUREAU OF STANDARDS IN GAITHERSBURG, MD., CONDUCTED A STUDY OF THE USE OF INTERNAL SHADING DEVICES IN ITS BUILDING COMPLEX IN CONJUNCTION WITH A RESEARCH PROJECT MONITORING ENERGY USE.
Abstract: THE STUDY WAS DESIGNED TO (1) DETERMINE WHETHER OFFICE OCCUPANTS MANIPULATE THEIR WINDOW BLINDS, AND IF SO, HOW FREQUENTLY; (2) DETERMINE THE RELATIONSHIP OF IMPORTANT WINDOW ATTRIBUTES (SUCH AS VIEW QUALITY OR SEASONAL CHANGE) TO WINDOW USAGE AS MEASURED BY VENETIAN BLIND POSITION; (3) DETERMINE THE FEASIBILITY OF ENERGY-SAVING OPERATIONS DEPENDENT ON THE MANIPULATION OF VENETIAN BLINDS BY BUILDING OCCUPANTS; AND (4) DEVELOP AND REFINE A METHODOLOGY APPLICABLE TO A VARIETY OF FIELD INVESTIGATIONS OF BUILDING USE BY OCCUPANTS. THE HYPOTHESIS THAT OBSERVED BLIND POSITIONS ARE THE RESULT OF ACTIONS BY OFFICE OCCUPANTS WAS LARGELY SUPPORTED; WHEN BLIND POSITIONS WERE SYSTEMATICALLY ALTERED, THEY WERE RETURNED BY THE OFFICE OCCUPANTS TO THEIR PLACEMENT PRIOR TO THE EXPERIMENTAL CHANGE. WHEN A PREFERRED PLACEMENT WAS ESTABLISHED, THE BLIND WAS NOT LIKELY TO BE MOVED, EITHER FROM DAY TO DAY, OR WITHIN THE COURSE OF A SINGLE DAY. BLINDS ON WINDOWS WITH NORTHERN EXPOSURES WERE KEPT OPEN TO A SIGNIFICANTLY GREATER DEGREE THAN THOSE WITH SOUTHERN EXPOSURE. HOWEVER, BLIND PLACEMENTS COULD NOT BE READILY EXPLAINED IN TERMS OF VIEW QUALITY OR SEASONAL CHANGE. EXPERIMENTING WITH ENERGY-SAVING PROCEDURES WAS SHOWN TO BE FEASIBLE, JUDGING FROM THE RESPONSE OF OFFICE USERS AND THE MAINTENANCE STAFF TO SEEMINGLY ARBITRARY CHANGES IN BLIND POSITION. A RESEARCH METHODOLOGY IS OFFERED. BAR GRAPHS, TABLES, AND PHOTOGRAPHS ACCOMPANY THE TEXT. (MHP)
Index Term(s): Energy conservation; National Bureau of Standards; Research methods; Research programs
Note: NBS (NATIONAL BUREAU OF STANDARDS) BUILDING SERIES 112
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