Shading Coefficients

Glass Transmission Properties

    The total shading coefficient is a measure of the total amount of heat passing through the glazing (known as the total solar heat transmittance) compared with that through a single clear glass. The shading coefficient (SC) is derived by comparing the solar radiant heat transmission properties of any glass with a clear float glass having a total solar heat transmittance of 0.87 (i.e. clear float glass about 4mm thick).

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    The shading coefficient (SC) can be separated into long-wave and short-wave components, whose values are derived in exactly the same way, by comparing with the same property of 4mm clear float:
    • The short wavelength shading coefficient (SWSC) is the direct solar heat transmittance divided by 0.87.
    • The long wavelength shading coefficient (LWSC) is the fraction of the absorptance released inwards, again divided by 0.87.

     

    The table below shows the comparative shading coefficients of a selection of insulating glass units.

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    Shading Coefficient Table