ClimateSkin: Building-skin Concepts that Can Do More with Less Energy

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Birkhäuser Basel, Feb 1, 2008 - Architecture - 191 pages
The facade plays a key role in the planning of buildings designer with asource of reference for information on with optimised energy use androom climate. Aholis- theenergetic and indoorclimatic properties of various types of facade technology. "Interactions" describes the tic design begins with ananalysis of the usage requi- influence of comfort related requirements onthec- ments andlocal conditions and adetermination of the users' needs. This isfollowed bythe concept design, in plexityof technical systems in buildings. The interactions whichthefunctionaland physical characteristics are of the facade, daylight, indoor climate, building technical systems and energy generation are related to one another established, and whichleads eventually to the detailed design, where thefinal decisions onthefunctionalel- inaninteraction matrix. The room climate conditions for ements and materials are made. Today, thebuilding various standard cases can be simply interpreted from industryoperates with ever shorter projectplanning this matrix. The design guidelines offeracompact s- timesandisalways strivingto minimise design costs. mary to allowthe facade designer to assess theeffects of Incontrast to thistrend, greater effort isbeing placed design decisions. into designing concepts for buildings whichprovide im- The book isbased on extensive practical design - proved comfort whilst reducing the costs of energy and perience and scientific knowledge. Special analyses and technical systems. Additional design methods and tools simulations were carried out for many of the design to help with decision making in the concept phase are charts and diagrams. Facade design does notjust follow needed to cope with these contradictory developments.

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Prof. Gerhard Hausladen is a full professor at the Department of Building Climate Control and Building Automation at the Technische Universität München (Munich Technical University) and the proprietor of a firm specializing in climate and building automation. Michael de Saldanha und Petra Liedl are members of the department. All three also teach at the Zentrum für Umweltbewusstes Bauen (Center for Sustainable Building) in Kassel and the Krems University in Austria.

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