shading coefficient

The shading coefficient is a measure of the ability of a window or skylight to transmit solar heat, relative to that ability for 3 millimeters (1/8-inch) clear, double-strength, single glass. Shading coefficient is being phased out in favor of the solar heat gain coefficient (SHGC), and is approximately equal to the SHGC multiplied by 1.15.


The shading coefficient is expressed as a number without units between 0 and 1. The lower a window's solar heat gain coefficient or shading coefficient, the less solar heat it transmits, and the greater is its shading ability.