Switching from static to adaptable and dynamic building envelopes: A paradigm shift for the energy efficiency in buildings

  • Marco Perino Department of Energy, Politecnico di Torino, Corso Duca degli Abruzzi 24, Torino
  • Valentina Serra Department of Energy, Politecnico di Torino, Corso Duca degli Abruzzi 24, Torino

Abstract

The key role of the building envelope in attaining building energy efficiency and satisfactory indoor comfort has long been established. Nevertheless, until recent times, all efforts and attention have mainly been focused on increasing and optimizing the thermal insulation of the envelope components. This strategy was a winning approach for a long time, but its limitations became obvious when users and designers started to consider the overall energy demand of a building and started to aim for Zero Energy Building (ZEB) or nearly ZEB goals. New and more revolutionary concepts and technologies needed to be developed to satisfy such challenging 
How to Cite
PERINO, Marco; SERRA, Valentina. Switching from static to adaptable and dynamic building envelopes: A paradigm shift for the energy efficiency in buildings. Journal of Facade Design and Engineering, [S.l.], v. 3, n. 2, p. 143-163, nov. 2015. ISSN 2213-3038. Available at: <https://journals.library.tudelft.nl/index.php/jfde/article/view/1015>. Date accessed: 19 jan. 2019. doi: https://doi.org/10.7480/jfde.2015.2.1015.

Keywords

Adaptive building envelope, responsive building envelope, multifunctional facade, Phase ChangeMaterials (PCMs), thermotropic glazing, advanced integrated facades