ASHRAE Technical Committee 4.5

Scope of TC 4.5

TC 4.5 is concerned with the identification and evaluation of all physical properties of (1) glasses and other glazing materials, (2) shading and shielding materials and devices, and (3) control devices and strategies which influence the radiant, conduction, and convection transfer of both heat and light through fenestration systems. It is also concerned with the development of procedures for calculating and measuring solar heat gain, daylight admission, and heat transfer through fenestration systems.

TC 4.5 has an additional specialized subcommittee: Computational Methods.  Check the Home page for the meeting time of this committee.


The ASHRAE Handbook is published in a series of four volumes, one of which is revised each year, ensuring that no volume is older than four years.

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Fenestration is an architectural term that refers to the arrangement, proportion, and design of window, skylight, and door systems in a building. Fenestration can serve as a physical and/or visual connection to the outdoors, as well as a means to admit solar radiation for daylighting and heat gain to a space. Fenestration can be fixed or operable, and operable units can allow natural ventilation to a space and egress in low-rise buildings.

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TC 4.5 is cognizant for the following proposed guideline:
Proposed Guideline 25: Method of Measuring Solar-Optical Properties of Materials

Other Activities

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