Advanced Building Envelope Components - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780128169216

Advanced Building Envelope Components

1st Edition

Comparative Experiments

Authors: Francesca Stazi
Paperback ISBN: 9780128169216
Imprint: Butterworth-Heinemann
Published Date: 1st July 2019
Page Count: 250
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Comparative Building Envelope Components: Comparative Experiments focus on the experimental simultaneous evaluation of different types of components. The components are compared through laboratory tests and through simultaneous monitoring on-site inside real buildings. Brief but readable, this book accounts for the latest research in innovative materials, systems, and components along with a detail technical explanation of what this breakthrough means for building exteriors and sustainability. Topics include a discussion of transparent envelopes components such as: intelligent kinetic skins such as low-e coatings: high vs low silver content in glass, solar control coatings: Silver vs Niobium vs tin, Structural adhesives. In addition, Opaque Envelope Components are also presented including: the opaque dynamic facades, clay lining vs plasterboard and nano clayed foams.

Key Features

  • Experimental investigations on real case studies, to explore in detail the behaviour of different envelopes
  • Laboratory tests on existing insulation (if any, through samples extracted on-site) to quantify the actual performances
  • Provide the tools and methods for comparing, selecting and testing materials and components for designing effective building envelopes
  • Covers both transparent and opaque envelope components as well as opaque dynamic facades


Civil Engineers and Environmental Engineers

Table of Contents

1. Transparent Envelope Components
1.1 Introduction: towards intelligent kinetic skins
1.2. Glass
1.2.1. low-e coatings: high vs low silver content
1.2.2 solar control coatings: Silver vs Niobium vs tin
1.2.3 self cleaning coatings
1.2.4. insulated unit glass vs double skin
1.2.5. aerogel vs transparent
1.3. Shadings
1.3.1 Slat inclination: 20_, 45_, 60_, 90 angles
1.3.2 Slats materials: aluminum vs wood
1.3.2 Slats vertical spacing/width: 5–5 cm, 8.5–8.5 cm, 20–15 cm.
1.4. Window openings
1.4.1. free user openings vs domotic control
1.5 Frames
1.5.1. aerogel within the cavity vs traditional frame
1.6. Structural adesives
1.6.1. Two epoxy, one acrylic, one methacrylate and two polyurethane

2. Opaque Envelope Components
2.1. Introduction: towards Climative Adaptive building Shells
2.2. External side
2.2.1 Three opaque dynamic facades
2.2.2 Four earthern plasters
2.2.3 Four nanotecnology surface treatments
2.3. Internal side
2.3.1 Clay lining vs plasterboard
2.3.2 Brick vs insulation+brick
2.4. Envelope core
2.4.1 Nanoclayed foams
2.4.2 Foams with carbon nanofibers

3. An Important Factor to Consider when Comparing Components: The Occupant's Behaviour
3.1. Introduction: towards users' inclusion in energy (retrofit) strategies
3.2 Passive vs active users

4. Experimental Methods
4.1. Introduction
4.2. Experimental methods in laboratory
4.3. Experimental methods on-site
4.4. Mock-up


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About the Author

Francesca Stazi

Francesca Stazi, Ph.D, is Associate Professor at Polytechnic University of Marche. She carries out experimental and numerical research activities in the field of Building Science and Technology. The aim is to optimize the building envelope in terms of energy saving, thermal comfort, environmental sustainability and durability of the components. The researches cover new and existing envelopes, ventilated facades and passive solar systems. The acquired knowledge was applied in the patenting of two industrial inventions, an innovative ventilated thermal insulation and a GFRP frame for windows. The results of the studies are reported in 65 publications, including 25 papers on international ISI journals. She is also a reviewer for various international ISI Journals.

Affiliations and Expertise

Department of Materials, Environmental Sciences and Urban Planning (SIMAU), Faculty of Engineering, Polytechnic University of Marche, Ancona, Italy

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