Glossary of Green Building: U

U-value (thermal transmittance) Useful space heating energy


U-value (thermal transmittance)


Thermal transmittance is a measure of the overall rate of heat transfer, by all mechanisms under standard conditions, through a particular section of construction. This measure takes into account the thickness of each material involved and is calculated from R-values (where U=1/R) of each material as well as constants accounting for surface transmittance (Rsi and Rso, inner and outer surfaces respectively) and also for a small standard air gap (Rso). Thermal transmittance is measured in W/m2K

Useful space heating energy

The amount of heat actually put into the heated space.