Climate responsive building envelopes
From façade shading systems to adaptive shells
pp. 176, figg. 85, 1a edizione 2020 (Codice editore 1330.115)
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This book explores the wide range of solutions in building envelope design, particularly focusing on the use of shading systems to contribute in regulating indoor conditions, providing a reflection about the main drivers of innovation and evolution in this sector. The book investigates the innovative trends in this sector, carefully considering the uncertain path that leads to develop completely different approaches and strategies as well as the experimental nature of the examined solutions, offering a concrete example of application. The scope is not to provide conclusive positions but to open the design perspective to tomorrow’s challenges.
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The effort spent in the last decades to improve the building envelope performances, in order to meet energy saving standards and to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, has led to significantly rethink the envelope concept, its functions and the related architectural features. Many interrelated parameters contribute in defining a quite complex functional framework highly influenced by varying environmental conditions on daily and seasonal basis that are undergoing radical alterations due to the effects of climate change. This book explores the wide range of solutions in building envelope design particularly focusing on the use of shading systems to contribute in regulating indoor conditions providing a reflection about the main drivers of innovation and evolution in this sector. It also provides a systemic analysis of the main characteristics of shading systems according to their geometrical, functional, technical features offering a flexible and inclusive classification methodology.
A specific attention is given to adaptive solutions intended as a tool to equip the building of a responsive behaviour to variable conditions that largely influence its comprehensive performances. The book investigates the innovative trends in this sector, carefully considering the uncertain path that leads to develop completely different approaches and strategies as well as the experimental nature of the examined solutions, offering a concrete example of application.
The scope is not to provide conclusive positions but to open the design perspective to tomorrow's challenges.
Jacopo Gaspari is an Architect and a Professor of Architectural Technology at the Department of Architecture of the University of Bologna. His research fields include: design strategies in urban regeneration, building renovation and energy efficiency, urban transition to low carbon solutions, adaptation and mitigation to climate change. His work on these topics is published at national and international level.
Giovanni Zannoni, Foreword
The role of building envelope in sustainable architecture
(Building envelope and energy efficiency; Climate Change as a driver for improving building envelope design; Implications on the built environment at European level)
The influence of shading systems on indoor comfort
(Main variables influencing indoor comfort; Assessment of thermal comfort; Effects of shading elements on heat transfer; Effects of shading elements on daylight control)
Design principles and technological solutions in shading systems
(Design criteria and shading typologies; Shelf shading systems; Side shading systems; Frontal louvres shading systems; Frontal shading screens)
Innovative approaches in dynamic façade design
(The rise of new design concepts to meet evolving requirements; Design concepts and dynamic effects; Actuator typologies and materials properties; Evolving building envelope design)
Adele Ricci, Exploring self-sufficient adaptive shells design
(Innovative design approaches, principles and methodology; Building simulation as a design tool; Applicative case study design process and validation)
Specific references about adaptive shells
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