Glazing and Winter Comfort Tool 2.0

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We are proud to announce the launch of version 2.0 of our publicly available web tool, the Glazing and Winter Comfort Tool.

The tool is based on existing scientific research that aims to improve the design community’s understand of the triggers of thermal discomfort in the wintertime. It was developed to be simple and intuitive so that architects and engineers can design glazed facades that provide the desired levels of transparency, comfort and energy performance at an ideal cost. The tool is a result of one of our on-going research initiatives and development of the tool involved contributions from building scientists, designers and web developers.

After collecting several months of user feedback along with studying the latest research, we developed new features and improvements for the tool. A full list and details of the Version 2.0 updates can be found on our Github site. To summarize, the major changes are as follows:

1)    New Model for Downdraft Discomfort (developed through a recent study published by Liu et al, 2016)
2)    Choose Between Spilt (Two Charts) and Combined (One Chart) for Results Display
3)    Support for All Browsers (Including Chrome)
4)    Outdoor Design Temperature Search Capability
5)    CSV Download Button
6)    Copy URL Now Works as a File Saving / Sharing System
7)    Advanced Inputs Are Change-able for All Cases
8)    Save PDF Output is More Readable / Editable
9)    Send Feedback Through Our Github!

If you are interested in receiving updates about the tool directly to your inbox, please join our mailing list! Updates will include everything from new publications that inform and explain how the tool works to implementations of the tool on other platforms like our Rhino/Grasshopper plugin. The goal of this mailing list is to create a two-way street of information, so that users can easily provide us with feedback, start discussion and ask us questions. 

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