Rethinking Building Skins

Rethinking Building Skins

Transformative Technologies and Research Trajectories

1st Edition - December 5, 2021

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  • Editors: Eugenia Gasparri, Arianna Brambilla, Gabriele Lobaccaro, Francesco Goia, Annalisa Andaloro, Alberto Sangiorgio
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128224779
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128224915

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Rethinking Building Skins: Transformative Technologies and Research Trajectories provides a comprehensive collection of the most relevant and forward-looking research in the field of façade design and construction today, with a focus on both product and process innovation. The book brings together the expertise, creativity, and critical thinking of more than fifty global innovators from both academia and industry, to guide the reader in translating research into practice. It identifies new opportunities for the construction sector to respond to present challenges, towards a more sustainable, efficient, connected, and safe future.

Key Features

    • Introduces the reader to the role of façades with respect to the main challenges ahead;
    • Provides an overview of the major façade technological advancements throughout history and identifies prospective research trajectories;
    • Includes interviews with key industry players from different backgrounds and expertise;
    • Showcases a comprehensive range of leading research topics in the field, organised by product and process innovation;
    • Covers major innovations across the value chain including façade design, fabrication, construction, operation and maintenance, and end-of-life;
    • Contributes towards the definition of an international research agenda and identifies emerging market opportunities for the façade industry.

    Readership

    This book will be of particular use to researchers in the field of façade design and construction, as well as professionals working in the industry.

    Table of Contents

    • Cover image
    • Title page
    • Table of Contents
    • Copyright
    • List of contributors
    • Foreword
    • Preface
    • Acknowledgements
    • 1. Façade innovation: between ‘product’ and ‘process’
    • Abstract
    • Abbreviations
    • 1.1 Introduction
    • 1.2 Facades today
    • 1.3 Facades tomorrow
    • 1.4 Conclusion
    • References
    • 2. Façade innovation: an industry perspective
    • Abstract
    • Abbreviations
    • 2.1 Introduction
    • 2.2 Method
    • 2.3 Façade innovation: drivers, challenges and opportunities
    • 2.4 Industry insights
    • 2.5 Conclusion
    • References
    • Part A: Product Innovation
    • 3. Urban overheating mitigation through facades: the role of new and innovative cool coatings
    • Abstract
    • Abbreviations
    • 3.1 Introduction
    • 3.2 Background
    • 3.3 Highly reflective materials
    • 3.4 Thermochromics
    • 3.5 Radiative coatings
    • 3.6 Conclusion
    • References
    • 4. The pursuit of transparency
    • Abstract
    • Abbreviations
    • 4.1 Introduction
    • 4.2 State of the art in glass connections
    • 4.3 Glass connections
    • 4.4 Approach to transparent connections
    • 4.5 Alternative transparency concepts with glass
    • 4.6 Casa de Musica, Porto, OMA/ABT
    • 4.7 K11 Musea, Hong Kong, SO-IL/EOC
    • 4.8 Vidre slide, Duesselorf
    • 4.9 Glass as a solid material
    • 4.10 Atocha Station Memorial Madrid
    • 4.11 Crystal Houses, Amsterdam
    • 4.12 Further development of brick approach at TU Delft
    • 4.13 Thin glass
    • 4.14 Conclusion
    • References
    • 5. Advanced fenestration—technologies, performance and building integration
    • Abstract
    • Abbreviations
    • 5.1 Introduction
    • 5.2 Advanced fenestration components
    • 5.3 Advanced integrated fenestration systems
    • 5.4 Advanced fenestrations performance evaluation to support design and operation decision-making
    • 5.5 Conclusion
    • References
    • 6. Embedding intelligence to control adaptive building envelopes
    • Abstract
    • Abbreviations
    • 6.1 Introduction
    • 6.2 The purpose of automation in adaptive building envelopes
    • 6.3 Challenges and requirements for the automation of adaptive building envelopes
    • 6.4 Elements, characteristics and logics for embedding intelligence in adaptive facades
    • 6.5 Current examples from real-life implementation and research activities on controls for adaptive envelopes
    • 6.6 Conclusion
    • References
    • 7. Biomimetic adaptive building skins: design and performance
    • Abstract
    • Abbreviations
    • 7.1 Introduction
    • 7.2 Biomimetic adaptive building skins
    • 7.3 Designing biomimetic adaptive building skins
    • 7.4 Application of biomimetic adaptive building skins
    • 7.5 Performance benefits of biomimetic adaptive building skins
    • 7.6 Conclusion
    • References
    • 8. Building integrated photovoltaic facades: challenges, opportunities and innovations
    • Abstract
    • Abbreviations
    • 8.1 Introduction
    • 8.2 Challenges and needs in rethinking solar photovoltaic facades
    • 8.3 Innovation in solar facades—archetypes of innovation
    • 8.4 Integrating the solar façade in the building energy system
    • 8.5 Further opportunity: digitalization of solar facades as a driver for innovation
    • 8.6 Conclusion
    • References
    • 9. Unitized Timber Envelopes: the future generation of sustainable, high-performance, industrialized facades for construction decarbonization
    • Abstract
    • Abbreviations
    • 9.1 Introduction
    • 9.2 Tall buildings and facades
    • 9.3 The ‘Rise’ of mass timber
    • 9.4 The case for unitized timber envelopes
    • 9.5 Conclusion
    • Acknowledgement
    • References
    • 10. Industrialized renovation of the building envelope: realizing the potential to decarbonize the European building stock
    • Abstract
    • 10.1 Introduction
    • 10.2 The importance of the building envelope for deep renovation
    • 10.3 Degrees of industrialized renovation
    • 10.4 Industrialized renovation process and state of the art
    • 10.5 Outlook for the future
    • 10.6 Conclusion
    • References
    • 11. Vertical farming on facades: transforming building skins for urban food security
    • Abstract
    • Abbreviations
    • 11.1 Introduction
    • 11.2 Urban agriculture: from vacant plots to building-integrated agriculture
    • 11.3 Vertical greenery systems
    • 11.4 Farming on facades
    • 11.5 Productive facades: a case study
    • 11.6 Limitations and future directions of farming facades
    • 11.7 Conclusion
    • Acknowledgements
    • References
    • 12. Interactive media facades—research prototypes, application areas and future directions
    • Abstract
    • 12.1 Introduction
    • 12.2 Interactive architecture, urban screens and media facades
    • 12.3 Innovations in interactive media facades in practice and research
    • 12.4 Interaction concepts, technologies and applications
    • 12.5 Approaches for designing and evaluating interactive media facades
    • 12.6 A framework for interactive media façade design
    • 12.7 Conclusion
    • Acknowledgements
    • References
    • Part B: Process Innovation
    • 13. The building envelope: failing to understand complexity in tall building design
    • Abstract
    • 13.1 Introduction
    • 13.2 The building envelope and the fire safety strategy for high-rise buildings
    • 13.3 Assumptions embedded in the fire safety strategy
    • 13.4 Fundamental performance principles for the building envelope
    • 13.5 Major misconceptions
    • 13.6 Incompatibilities
    • 13.7 Conclusion
    • References
    • 14. Resilience by design: building facades for tomorrow
    • Abstract
    • 14.1 Introduction
    • 14.2 Bending strength
    • 14.3 Embodied resilience: durability and adaptability
    • 14.4 Resilience by design: designing for the ages and a resilient future
    • 14.5 Strategies to enhance resilience
    • 14.6 Conclusion
    • References
    • 15. Inverse design for advanced building envelope materials, systems and operation
    • Abstract
    • Abbreviations
    • 15.1 Introduction
    • 15.2 What is inverse design?
    • 15.3 A flavour of applications of inverse design for building envelope research
    • 15.4 Methods and digital tools for inverse design
    • 15.5 A demonstration of inverse design: combining static and dynamic solar shading
    • 15.6 Conclusion
    • Acknowledgement
    • References
    • 16. Towards automated design: knowledge-based engineering in facades
    • Abstract
    • Abbreviations
    • 16.1 Introduction
    • 16.2 Constructing a KBE application
    • 16.3 An example of KBE in facades
    • 16.4 Results
    • 16.5 Conclusion
    • References
    • 17. Additive manufacturing in skin systems: trends and future perspectives
    • Abstract
    • Abbreviations
    • 17.1 Introduction
    • 17.2 AM techniques for construction 3D printing
    • 17.3 Review of AM projects for skin systems
    • 17.4 Conclusion
    • References
    • 18. Mass customization as the convergent vision for the digital transformation of the manufacturing and the building industry
    • Abstract
    • Abbreviations
    • 18.1 Introduction
    • 18.2 Digital transformation of manufacturing industry
    • 18.3 Digital transformation of building industry
    • 18.4 Mass customization as a convergence vision
    • 18.5 Best practices’ and author’s proofs of concept
    • 18.6 Conclusion
    • References
    • 19. Automation and robotic technologies in the construction context: research experiences in prefabricated façade modules
    • Abstract
    • Abbreviations
    • 19.1 Introduction
    • 19.2 Context and background of construction robotics technology
    • 19.3 BERTIM project: optimizing façade retrofit through automation
    • 19.4 HEPHAESTUS project: robotic installation of unitized façade systems in tall buildings
    • 19.5 Conclusion
    • Acknowledgement
    • References
    • 20. Life cycle assessment in façade design
    • Abstract
    • Abbreviations
    • 20.1 Introduction
    • 20.2 Assessing environmental impact of facades in the design phase
    • 20.3 Integrating life cycle assessment in the design process of facades
    • 20.4 Conclusion
    • References
    • 21. Circular economy in facades
    • Abstract
    • Abbreviations
    • 21.1 Introduction
    • 21.2 Reduce, reuse, recycle
    • 21.3 Design for disassembly and maintenance
    • 21.4 Material passports, material banks
    • 21.5 Circular business models
    • 21.6 Circular design processes
    • 21.7 Circular Construction 4.0
    • 21.8 Conclusion
    • References
    • 22. Facades-as-a-Service: a business and supply-chain model for the implementation of a circular façade economy
    • Abstract
    • Abbreviations
    • 22.1 Introduction
    • 22.2 Circular business models and product-service systems
    • 22.3 A cross-value chain perspective: life cycle engineering for facades and façade performance contracting
    • 22.4 Propositions
    • 22.5 Conclusion
    • Acknowledgements
    • References
    • Afterword
    • Index

    Product details

    • No. of pages: 594
    • Language: English
    • Copyright: © Woodhead Publishing 2021
    • Published: December 5, 2021
    • Imprint: Woodhead Publishing
    • Paperback ISBN: 9780128224779
    • eBook ISBN: 9780128224915

    About the Editors

    Eugenia Gasparri

    Eugenia Gasparri is a Lecturer in Architectural Technologies at the University of Sydney. Her research experience is in the field of sustainable construction with a focus on envelope design, building prefabrication, and mass-timber technologies.

    Affiliations and Expertise

    Lecturer in Architectural Technologies, School of Architecture, Design, and Planning, University of Sydney, NSW, Australia

    Arianna Brambilla

    Arianna Brambilla is a Lecturer in Architecture at the University of Sydney. Her research draws upon architecture, building physics, and engineering to assess and interpret construction as a holistic concept, with a strong focus on sustainability.

    Affiliations and Expertise

    Lecturer in Architecture, School of Architecture, Design, and Planning, University of Sydney, NSW, Australia.

    Gabriele Lobaccaro

    Gabriele Lobaccaro is an Associate Professor in Solar Design and Building Performance Simulation at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology. His research focuses on solar design and environmental analysis, energy and building technology, and sustainable and resilient built environments.

    Affiliations and Expertise

    Associate Professor, Solar Design and Building Performance Simulation, Faculty of Engineering, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Trondheim, Norway

    Francesco Goia

    Francesco Goia is a Professor of Building Physics at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology. His research focuses on advanced building envelopes and services providing high energy efficiency and indoor climate performance.

    Affiliations and Expertise

    Professor, Building Physics, Faculty of Architecture and Design, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Trondheim, Norway

    Annalisa Andaloro

    Annalisa Andaloro is a Senior Researcher at the Institute for Renewable Energy in EURAC, focusing on system integration and project economics. She coordinates an executive international training course on façade architecture, construction, and engineering (FACE).

    Affiliations and Expertise

    Senior Researcher, Institute for Renewable Energy, EURAC Research, Bolzano, Italy.

    Alberto Sangiorgio

    Alberto Sangiorgio is an Associate at Grimshaw Architects (Sydney) where he operates as façade engineer and sustainability manager. He has extensive international experience in the design, optimization, and construction of high-performing building envelopes.

    Affiliations and Expertise

    Associate and Sustainability Manager, Grimshaw Architects, Sydney, NSW, Australia

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