This unit explores advanced building façades and their role in reducing environmental impacts while simultaneously enhancing indoor environment quality for building occupants. Advanced façades are those that are designed, analysed, procured and operated as a system. Optimisation of the often conflicting performance criteria of cooling load, lighting and daylighting, sound isolation, occupant comfort, costs and aesthetics requires an integrated approach from the whole team including architects, project managers, suppliers and engineers, from the earliest stages of the advanced façade design process. Specific topics to be covered in this unit include the integrated design approach to façades, the fundamental building physics determining façade performance, structural façade typologies, solar control façades, daylighting façades, double-skin façades, ventilated façades and dynamic façade systems. Various analytical procedures and simulation tools for the evaluation of high performance façade designs will also be examined. Costs and benefits of various design approaches will also be assessed from both owner and occupant perspectives.
5-day intensive (9am-5pm)
Assignments (1x40%, 1x60%)