Calculation of design cooling loads is of critical concern to designers of HVAC systems. The work reported here has been carried out under a joint ASHRAE-CIBSE research project to compare design cooling calculation methods. Peak cooling loads predicted by the ASHRAE heat balance method are compared with those predicted by a number of implementations of the admittance method using different window models. The results presented show the general trends in overprediction or underprediction of peak load. Particular attention is given to different window modelling practices. The performance of the methods is explained in terms of some of the underlying assumptions in the window models, and by reference to specific inter-model comparisons.