Sustainable Facades: Design Methods for High-Performance Building Envelopes

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John Wiley & Sons, Mar 27, 2013 - Architecture - 256 pages
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Practical information on designing sustainable,energy-efficient building facades

As energy and other natural resources are being depleted, it hasbecome clear that technologies and strategies that allow us tomaintain our satisfaction with interior environments whileconsuming less of these resources are major objectives ofcontemporary facade design. Sustainable Facades focuses onthe strategies and approaches for designing sustainable,high-performance building facades, and provides technical guidancefor architects and designers.

This timely and useful guide presents strategies and technicalguidelines for designing environmentally sensitive,energy-efficient facades based on scientific principles. Itprovides climate-specific approaches for minimizing energyconsumption, analyzes the thermal behavior of different facadesystems and materials, and illustrates with case studies how theseapproaches have been implemented on architectural projects. It alsodiscusses emerging facade technologies, materials, and systems.

Topics covered in this unique and indispensable guideinclude:

  • Climate-based design approaches for high-performancefacades
  • Characteristics of sustainable facades: energy efficiency,thermal behavior, and moisture resistance
  • Designing for thermal comfort, lighting and glare control, andacoustic quality
  • Emerging technologies in facade design, including smartmaterials, double-skin facades, and facades as energygenerators
  • Case studies on building orientation and facade design,tectonic sun exposure control, external shading elements, andmore

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Ajla Aksamija, PhD, leads Perkins+Will Tech Lab, a center for research of building technologies. Dr. Aksamija's research expertise includes building science and sustainability, emerging building technologies, digital design and information modeling. She has contributed to several books and has published numerous research articles.

PERKINS+WILL is an interdisciplinary, international design practice offering services in the areas of architecture, interior design, branded environments, planning and strategies, and urban design. Sustainable, high-performance, and environmentally conscious design is the cornerstone of Perkins+Will's practice that informs every project.

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