Smart Buildings

Smart Buildings

Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology to Improve Energy-Efficiency and Environmental Performance

1st Edition - May 27, 2016

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  • Author: Marco Casini
  • eBook ISBN: 9780081006405
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780081009727

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Smart Buildings: Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology to Improve Energy Efficiency and Environmental Performance presents a thorough analysis of the latest advancements in construction materials and building design that are applied to maximize building efficiency in both new and existing buildings. After a brief introduction on the issues concerning the design process in the third millennium, Part One examines the differences between Zero Energy, Green, and Smart Buildings, with particular emphasis placed on the issue of smart buildings and smart housing, mainly the ‘envelope’ and how to make it more adaptive with the new possibilities offered by nanotechnology and smart materials. Part Two focuses on the last generation of solutions for smart thermal insulation. Based on the results of extensive research into more innovative insulation materials, chapters discuss achievements in nanotechnology, bio-ecological, and phase-change materials. The technical characteristics, performance level, and methods of use for each are described in detail, as are the achievements in the field of green walls and their use as a solution for upgrading the energy efficiency and environmental performance of existing buildings. Finally, Part Three reviews current research on smart windows, with the assumption that transparent surfaces represent the most critical element in the energy balance of the building. Chapters provide an extensive review on the technical features of transparent closures that are currently on the market or under development, from so-called dynamic glazing to bio-adaptive and photovoltaic glazing. The aesthetic potential and performance limits are also be discussed.

Key Features

  • Presents valuable definitions that are given to explain the characteristics, requirements, and differences between ‘zero energy’, ‘green’ and ‘smart’ buildings
  • Contains particular focus on the next generation of construction materials and the most advanced products currently entering the market
  • Lists both the advantages and disadvantages to help the reader choose the most suitable solution
  • Takes into consideration both design and materials aspects
  • Promotes the existence of new advanced materials providing technical information to encourage further use and reduce costs compared to more traditional materials


Industry professionals, engineers and architects wanting to keep up-to-date with the most recent developments in the building industry; postgraduate engineering and architecture students wanting to expand their knowledge of advanced works and technological solutions; public administration and authority technicians.

Table of Contents

    • Related titles
    • Woodhead Publishing Series in Civil and Structural Engineering
    • About the author
    • Acknowledgements
    • Introduction
    • Part One. Smart buildings
      • 1. Designing the third millennium's buildings
        • 1.1. Buildings as a key part of the energy and environmental system
        • 1.2. Smart, sustainable, and inclusive buildings
        • 1.3. Zero-energy buildings
        • 1.4. Green buildings
        • 1.5. Smart buildings
        • 1.6. Conclusions and future trends
      • 2. Advanced materials for architecture
        • 2.1. Building materials classification
        • 2.2. Nanotechnology
        • 2.3. Smart materials
        • 2.4. 3D printing for architecture
        • 2.5. Conclusions and future trends
    • Part Two. Smart insulation
      • 3. Building insulating materials
        • 3.1. Heat transfer physics
        • 3.2. Classification and thermal properties
        • 3.3. Functional model and building facade applications
        • 3.4. Conclusions and future trends
      • 4. Advanced insulating materials
        • 4.1. Nanoporous insulating materials: aerogels
        • 4.2. Vacuum insulating panels
        • 4.3. Biobased insulating materials
        • 4.4. Transparent insulating materials
        • 4.5. Conclusions and future trends
      • 5. Phase-change materials
        • 5.1. Thermal mass and latent heat storage
        • 5.2. Classification and technical specifications
        • 5.3. Packaging and encapsulation methods
        • 5.4. Functional model and building design
        • 5.5. Building applications and products
        • 5.6. Conclusions and future trends
      • 6. Advanced building skin
        • 6.1. Cool roofs
        • 6.2. Green walls
        • 6.3. Environment-adaptive skin facades
        • 6.4. Conclusions and future trends
    • Part Three. Smart windows
      • 7. Advanced insulation glazing
        • 7.1. Advanced low-emission glazing
        • 7.2. Suspended film glazing
        • 7.3. Vacuum insulating glass
        • 7.4. Monolithic aerogel insulating glazing
        • 7.5. Advanced window frames
        • 7.6. Glazed double-skin facades
        • 7.7. Heating glazing
        • 7.8. Fire-resistant glazing
        • 7.9. ETFE transparent closures
        • 7.10. Conclusions and future development
      • 8. Light and solar control glazing and systems
        • 8.1. Antireflective glazing
        • 8.2. Self-cleaning glazing
        • 8.3. Light-redirection and optical systems
        • 8.4. Static solar protection glazing
        • 8.5. Advanced shading systems
        • 8.6. Conclusions and future development
      • 9. Dynamic glazing
        • 9.1. Passive dynamic glazing
        • 9.2. Active dynamic glazing
        • 9.3. Conclusions and future trends
      • 10. Energy-generating glazing
        • 10.1. Advanced photovoltaic glazing
        • 10.2. Bioadaptive glazing
        • 10.3. Conclusions and future trends
    • Index

Product details

  • No. of pages: 384
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Woodhead Publishing 2016
  • Published: May 27, 2016
  • Imprint: Woodhead Publishing
  • eBook ISBN: 9780081006405
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780081009727

About the Author

Marco Casini

Prof. Marco Casini is a leading academic in the Green and Smart Building sector with more than 25 years’ experience in Building Sciences. He is an environmental engineer with a PhD in environmental engineering and is Associate Professor in the Department of Urban Planning, Design and Technology of Architecture at Sapienza University of Rome, Italy, where he also teaches in several Masters, PhD, and Graduate schools on subjects pertaining to energy and environmental sustainability for buildings. His area of expertise concerns sustainable architectural design and construction, focusing on advanced materials, technologies, and strategies for smart buildings and smart cities. His professional activities include international scientific and technical consultancy on technological, environmental, and energy aspects related to the design and construction of high-performance buildings, as well as training on Green Building and Smart Cities strategies and policy-making for public authorities.

Affiliations and Expertise

Faculty of Architecture, Sapienza University of Rome, Italy

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