Date of Award

Spring 1-1-2017

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

First Advisor

John Zhai

Second Advisor

Moncef Krarti

Third Advisor

Walter Beamer


This study evaluates design variables associated with curtain walls in highrise buildings across the various climate zones in the United States. The study evaluates the potential energy and cost impacts of each critical variable related to façade design in order to provide guidance as to what variables offer the greatest potential to achieve energy cost and consumption savings throughout the life of the facility. A parametric analysis was performed to determine the potential consumption and cost impacts of an optimized façade. Additionally, impacts related to equipment sizing and occupant comfort are evaluated across the climate zones and the various impacts of curtain wall façade optimization in high rise buildings are discussed.