Dip-Tech has released its Dip-Energy printed glass performance calculator.
The calculator is a new energy saving assessment tool that evaluates the energy performance of Dip-Tech’s printed glass.
Architects, glass processors and glazing consultants can measure the impact that specific designs will have on the Solar Heat Gain Coefficient (SHGC) and the percentage of visible light (%T) of the glazed section of the building.
Dip-Energy is calibrated specifically for Dip-Tech digital ceramic inks and Dip-Tech printers, offering a tool available only to Dip-Tech users.
The ability to accurately estimate SHGC and %T is vital for the many parties involved in designing, developing and constructing buildings. The SHGC and %T data generated by Dip-Energy enables the energy performance of the printed glass to be assessed early on in the project, even in the concept and design stages.
With no printing or production cost involved in testing different designs, there is practically no limit to the number of designs that can be considered. Designers can freely explore their creative ideas and evaluate each one for energy performance.
Dip-Energy is a web-based tool, with a multi-lingual user-friendly interface. The service software estimates the SHGC and %T in a few simple steps. The user has the option to upload a graphic file or to choose a standard pattern and define the color and ink thickness.
The user then provides the percentage of glass coverage, the side of the print layer, and the glass specifications.
Based on the data entered, Dip-Energy analyzes the design and calculates the energy performance of the digitally printed ceramic ink layer and of the glass glazing itself.
The tool combines Dip-Tech’s proprietary formulas that evaluate the printed ink layer with the industry standard Window 7.0 formulas for fenestration calculation to generate the estimated SHGC and %T for a compound glazing with a printed glass design.
“This tool meets a need in the market, enabling architects and glass processors to gain more control during the development process and reduce their dependence on energy performance consultants,” said Max Perilstein, Managing Partner of Sole Source Consultants.
“As a tool that aids architects in understanding and presenting the impact of different glass designs on the energy performance of their buildings, Dip-Energy will help increase demand for digital ceramic printed glass”.