20 Jan '12, 5pm

Green Building Q&A: Daylight Wanted

I’m building a new house in Knoxville, TN (zone 4). This is a wet climate and often dark—enough to require artificial lighting during the daytime in our current house. My wife & I are willing to sacrifice some U value for brighter daylighting, because the resulting personal productivity warrants it (we both feel more innervated on dark days). One of the greatest pleasures in life is to see sunlight streaming in through windows, the way interiors are always photographed in those upscale magazines! My design provides for eaves >= 3’, such that direct sunlight will not hit glass during the warmer months. My questions: Does low-e contribute to insulation value when there is no direct sunlight (e.g. on the north side, or at night)? At what value of VT does the window begin to look tinted? The last time I installed new windows, I was quite surprised how tinted the “clear glass” ...

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