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ASTM E1423-06

ASTM E1423-06

Standard Practice for Determining Steady State Thermal Transmittance of Fenestration Systems

2014-05-12 /Historical
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This practice details the test specimen sizes and test conditions, namely, the room-side and weather-side air temperatures, and the surface heat transfer coefficients for both sides of the test specimen, when testing fenestration products in accordance with Test Method C 1199.

The thermal transmittance and conductance of a specimen are affected by its size and three-dimensional geometry. Tests should therefore be conducted using the specimen sizes recommended in 5.1. Should the specimen size differ from those given in 5.1, the actual size shall be reported in the test report.

Many factors can affect the thermal performance of a fenestration system, including deflections of sealed glazing units. Care should be exercised to maintain the original physical condition of the fenestration system and while installing it in the surround panel

The thermal transmittance and conductance results obtained do not, and are not intended, to reflect performances expected from field installations since they do not account for solar radiation and air leakage effects. The thermal transmittance and conductance results are taken from specified laboratory conditions and are to be used only for fenestration product comparisons and as input to thermal performance analyses that also include solar and air leakage effects.


1.1 This practice covers standard test specimen sizes and test conditions as well as the calculation and presentation of the thermal transmittance and conductance data measured in accordance with Test Method C 1199. The standard sizes and conditions are to be used for fenestration product comparison purposes. The specifier may choose other sizes and conditions for product development or research purposes.

1.2 This practice deals with the determination of the thermal properties of a fenestration system installed vertically without the influences of solar heat gain and air leakage effects.

Note 1—To determine air leakage effects of fenestration systems, Test Method E 283 or E 1424 should be referenced.

Note 2—See Appendix X1 regarding garage doors and rolling doors.

1.3 This practice specifies the procedure for determining the standardized thermal transmittance of a fenestration test specimen using specified values of the room-side and weather-side surface heat transfer coefficients, hh and hc, respectively.

1.4 The values stated in SI units are to be regarded as the standard. The values given in parentheses are for information only.

1.5 This standard does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety and health practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.

doors; fenestration; heat; heat transfer; hot box; sky-light; steady state; surround panel; thermal perofrmance; transmittance; U-factor; windows
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