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For most residential applications low-emissivity (low-e) coatings are sufficient. They can cut heat gain up to 25 percent without changing the window's appearance. You may think of low-e as a wintertime heat saver that cuts heat loss from a building. Low-e coatings also reduce summer heat gain. Manufacturers often configure low-e coatings for either heating or cooling climates. This is sometimes called northern and southern low-e. If you build in the north, but want to reduce heat gain for west-facing glass, you may need to special order the proper low-e arrangement. When selecting glazing, you should start by looking at two important specifications: U-value is the rate of heat transmission (lower is better) and the solar heat gain coefficient (lower means less heat gain). Also consider visible light transmittance (higher is better).

Full article: http://oikos.com/esb/34/shading.html

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