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WINDOW 6 and THERM 6 Research Versions are software programs developed at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) for use by manufacturers, engineers, educators, students, architects, and others to determine the thermal and solar optical properties of glazing and window systems.
WINDOW 6 and THERM 6 are significant updates to LBNL's WINDOW 5 and THERM 5 computer program because of the added capability to model complex glazing systems, such as windows with shading systems, in particular venetian blinds. Besides a specific model for venetian blinds and diffusing layers, WINDOW 6 also includes the generic ability to model any complex layer if the Transmittance and Reflectance are known as a function of incoming and outgoing angles.
The algorithms used in these versions of the programs to determine the properties of windows with shading layers are relatively new and should be considered as informative but not definitive.
As such, for windows with shading layers, the results are intended for research purposes only. Pending further validation efforts, results for windows with sh ading layers should not be used for NFRC certified calculations of design decisions in real buildings.
All calculations for products without shading layers are identical to those from WINDOW 5.2.
WINDOW 6 Research Version includes all of the WINDOW 5 capabilities with the addition of shading algorithms from ISO15099 which are incorporated into the program, as well as an extension of those algorithms with the matrix calculation method.
THERM 6 Research Version includes all of the THERM 5 capabilities with the addition of being able to import and model WINDOW 6 glazing systems with shading devices. Those THERM 6 files with shading devices can them be imported into the WINDOW 6 Frame Library and whole windows with shading devices can then be modeled in WINDOW 6.