(IRADD)-

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Energy
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$49,892.00
Award Year:
1985
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
2548
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
Synergetics, Inc.
22 Cox Avenue, Raleigh, NC, 27605
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
MR. THOMAS C. HOWARD
PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR
(617) 832-4011
Business Contact:
() -
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
SINGLE-STORY BUILDINGS AND THE TOP FLOOR OF MULTISTORY BUILDINGS GENERALLY HAVE GOOD SOLAR EXPOSURE; CONSE- QUENTLY, THEY ARE WELL SUITED FOR NATURAL LIGHTING. BY EMPLOYING APPROPRIATELY ARRANGED AND PROPERLY CONTROLLED ROOF APERTURES, THESE BUILDING INTERIORS CAN BE WELL ILLUMINATED WITH BOTH BEAM SUNLIGHT AND DIFFUSE SKYLIGHT TO REPLACE ELECTRIC LIGHTING. OPTIMUM PERFORMANCE OF THESE APERTURES IS DEPENDENT ON HOW WELL THEIR ARCHI- TECTURE AND CONTROL MECHANISM CONFORM TO AND FUNCTION WITH THE BUILDING ROOF STRUCTURE AND UTILITY NETWORK. IT IS PLANNED TO STUDY THE PERFORMANCE OF A BUILDING SYSTEM WHERE DAYLIGHTING APERTURES ARE INTEGRATED WITH ALL FACETS OF THE CONSTRUCTION. TWO ESSENTIAL ELEMENTS OF THE SYSTEM ARE: (1) APERTURE CONTROLS THAT REGULATE THE TRANSMISSION AND DIRECTION OF THE ADMITTED LIGHT; AND (2) A MODULAR-NETWORK FRAMING METHOD CAPABLE OF BEING RECONFIGURED TO ACCOMMODATE A WIDE RANGE OF APPLICATIONS. AN INVESTIGATION OF THE ENERGY POTENTIAL OF THE SYSTEM USING A COMBINATION OF EXPERIMENTAL AND ANALYTICAL TECHNIQUES WILL BE CONDUCTED. IN THE PROCESS, CLOSE ATTENTION WILL BE GIVEN TO A NUMBER OF ISSUES THAT WILL INFLUENCE THE DESIGN INCLUDING WALL AND ROOFING TECHNOLOGIES, HEATING, VENTILATING, AND AIR CONDITIONING SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS, STRUCTURAL FACTORS, CANDIDATE MATERIAL PROPERTIES, AND CANDIDATE FABRICATION AND CONSTRUCTION PROCESSES.

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