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Innovative solutions for advanced façade systems: main results from FACECAMP project

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Credits: Giuseppe De Michele (Eurac research)

The Interreg Italy-Austria project FACECAMP has come to an end in 2019 and it reached several successful results concerning the topic of building envelope´s performance to reach indoor comfort, energy saving targets and to boost inter-organizational cooperation.


The project aims at fostering transnational cooperation among companies and R&I entities in the field of advanced façade systems for healthy and energy efficient buildings. The main goal is to support stakeholders to effectively manage the façade performance. In order to do so, the project aims to improve the existing metrics, modelling and measuring procedures of the façade systems, focusing in particular on Complex Fenestration Systems (CFS).


The project involved a group of seven Italian and Austrian partners. From the Italian side: EURAC research, IDM Südtirol - Alto Adige, glassAdvisor Srl, FRENER & REIFER Srl. From the Austrian side: Universität Innsbruck, HELLA Sonnen - und Wetterschutztechnik GmbH, Bartenbach GmbH.


One great achievement of the project has been the development of procedures and tools for modelling and measuring Complex Fenestration System (CFS) performances. In particular, it developed a “toolchain” to assess façade components and systems including energy and daylight simulations, based, for example, on the freeware simplified webtool DALEC (“Day- and Artificial Light with Energy Calculation”), besides other more complex calculation tools such as TRNSYS and EnergyPlus. Finally, a new methodology coupling Radiance and the Computational Fluid Dynamic (CFD) has been developed and validated to evaluate the detailed 2D and 3D temperature and heat flux fields of complex fenestration systems, providing hence support to facade designers and manufacturers.


Concerning the topic of advanced façade measurements, the lab infrastructures - indoor and outdoor test benches for façade-related energy and comfort assessments, located in the transborder territory - have been mapped and common measuring procedures have been established. Moreover, two façade specimens have also been designed, manufactured and installed at EURAC outdoor lab with the aim to verify the performance of different kind of ventilation in the façade air cavity. After the preliminary measurements during the project run, such specimen will remain to further assess the topic of measuring complex fenestration system performances. Within this topic, the new perspective of the “non-visual comfort” linked to daylight has been deepened through literature study and tool mapping.


Another important result of the project is the façade knowledge management as basis for façade innovation. Different innovation methods, like TRIZ AIDA, Axiomatic Design and the contradiction-oriented innovation strategy (WOIS) were implemented to gain knowledge in innovation and classify façade technologies.


Finally, even if the establishment of a physical Competence Center has not been achieved, the FACEcamp project has strengthened the transborder network, thanks to a competence and infrastructure mapping, procedure sharing, involving the local stakeholders and highlighting the new trends and challenges for the value chain of advanced façades. Moreover, the transborder territory has been strategically set under the spotlight through an international course on façade design (FACE course) and an international conference “Future Envelope 12”. Such education and dissemination initiatives have been evaluated as successful best practices to strengthen the knowhow and the capacity building for companies along the façade value-chain.


Check all the project´s deliverables here.

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The project FACEcamp n. ITAT1039 was funded by European Regional Development Fund and Interreg ITA AUT programme.