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Technical Article - From opaque traditional walls to Adaptative Façade Systems: state of play and outlook

What makes a façade intelligent? Opaque façade technologies have incrementally evolved both in new construction a by increasing their thermal insulation and airtightness levels aiming to reduce the overall energy demand from the buildings. These envelope...

Technical Article - Performance of the main technologies demonstrated in the ENVISION project

Nomenclature   ENVISION  is a H2020 EU funded project that aims to develop technologies for harvesting energy using all the available surfaces of a building. In particular, the ones not commonly used such as building façades. Different technologies have been...

Technical Article - From opaque traditional walls to Adaptative Façade Systems: state of play and outlook

What makes a façade intelligent? Opaque façade technologies have incrementally evolved both in new construction a by increasing their thermal insulation and airtightness levels aiming to reduce the overall energy demand from the buildings...

Technical Article - Performance of the main technologies demonstrated in the ENVISION project

Nomenclature   ENVISION  is a H2020 EU funded project that aims to develop technologies for harvesting energy using all the available surfaces of a building. In particular, the ones not commonly used such as building façades. Different...

Technical Article - Rethinking building roofs: aligning sustainability, environmental respect, and wellbeing

In the building sector, and especially in offices and commercial areas, roofs have traditionally been considered to just be spaces to place equipment, such as Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) and associated subsystems,...

Technical Article: Plug-and-use renovation with adaptable lightweight systems

The PLURAL project PLURAL aims to design, validate, and demonstrate a palette of versatile, adaptable, and scalable, off-site prefabricated plug and play facades that take into account the needs of users (‘Plug-and-Use’ – PnU kits). PLURAL...

Technical Article - Digital skills for Heritage Conservation

Heritage conservation has always drawn the necessary information for the preservation of monuments, art and cultural assets from the individual scientific disciplines and linked this information to get statements related to the specific...

Overview Article - Fostering the demand for a skilled labour force in the construction industry

Every professional involved in any way in the European construction industry should be well aware of Churchill’s broad concept of the reciprocal effect of the building design and the wellbeing of its users. With carefully selected words he...

Overview Article - Circularity and Low-Carbon Building Materials in Construction

The implementation of the principles of the circular economy can significantly reduce the embodied emissions of building materials and is shown by many EU-funded projects aiming at a 50% reduction. This is a significant issue because the...

Technical Article - Analysis of Building Typologies as A Driver to Identify Optimal Retrofitting - Overview of EU-funded projects

Although the potential of the retrofitting of existing buildings has been identified, guidelines come in the form of general suggestions, failing to address the diversity of each project. In practice, the detailed implementation of the...