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Researchers in Europe are developing a new kind of prefabricated energy efficient building façades, equipped with special insulation and solar panels.   These solutions are built far from the construction site, in an industrial environment, and can therefore be installed quickly and painlessly for homeowners or tenants  
Post date: 24 Jul 2019
Type: News

This is the first block of housing certified in Spain built in 2017 under the Passivhaus standard, and therefore has a demand for heating below 15kWh / m2a, and a heating load of 10W / m2.   This implies that a floor of 75m2 will have a heating load of only 750W, so with a hair dryer there would be enough to heat two houses.   To achieve this the following principles have been applied:  
Post date: 1 Jul 2019
Type: Case

FACEcamp project, funded under the Interreg V-A ITA-AUT first call and running from February 2017 to December 2019, aims at strengthening a long-term transnational cooperation among companies and R&I entities in the field of advanced façade systems for healthy, comfortable and energy efficient buildings. FACEcamp goal is to support stakeholders to cope effectively with the facade performances.
Post date: 2 May 2019
Type: News

The ‘ENVISION’ concept consists of a fourfold approach:
Post date: 24 Apr 2019
Type: Link

New design tool and approaches, and innovative construction methods are enabling architects and engineers to conceive and develop increasingly complex and daring building envelopes. This process is rapidly reshaping our built environment, and transforming the concept of building envelope itself, which is no longer a passive and static element that only separates the indoor environment from the outdoor world.  In this fast changing context, one of the major issues is the evaluation of the performances of such complex façade systems.
Post date: 18 Mar 2019
Type: Event

The building façade not only provides the aesthetic signature of a building, but also important functions, such as daylight provision, glare protection, solar gain management and visual contact with the outside, which make the building usable and energy efficient. These functions often oppose each other, so the selection and design of façade systems and their control for a certain building application should depend on those functions that the designer wants to promote to the detriment of the other functions.
Post date: 8 Mar 2019
Type: Publication

On 26th and 27th November 2018, the Competence Centre Building Envelope of Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts once again hosted the international conference FACADE 2018 at the KKL Lucerne. This year’s event has been also the closing conference of the COST Action TU1403 “Adaptive Facades Network”, which was initiated by the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts four years ago.
Post date: 19 Dec 2018
Type: Publication

The unique feature of adaptive facades is their capability to adapt physical properties (i.e. thermooptical, structural, etc.) in a reversible way as a response to and/or to adjust to transient boundary conditions (either external, such as climate, or internal, such as occupants’ requirements), in order to respond to changing priorities (i.e. minimizing the building energy use, maximizing the use of natural light, etc.). The term ‘adaptive’ is often synonym to ‘responsive’, ‘dynamic’, ‘switchable’, ‘smart’, ‘active’ etc.
Post date: 29 Nov 2018
Type: Publication

On the two days, renowned international representatives from practice and research will discuss research, design and manufacturing of high-performance building envelopes. On the first day, international speakers will present innovative examples and visions with focus on implementation and practice. The second day will be dedicated to the results of the COST network, with topics on digital design innovations or novel test methods.   Presentations and Speakers include, among others:
Post date: 12 Nov 2018
Type: Event

Reductions in building energy consumption and improvement of the indoor environmental quality are two of the most important challenges that the building industry is currently facing.  In this context, adaptive building envelopes can provide new solutions thanks to their capability of changing and adapting their behaviour according to surroundings by means of materials, components and systems.  
Post date: 12 Nov 2018
Type: News