Building Performance Simulation and Characterisation of Adaptive Facades: Adaptive Facade Network


Fabio Favoino, Politecnico di Torino; Roel C.G.M. Loonen, Eindhoven University of Technology; Maxime Doya, Universití© de La Rochelle; Francesco Goia, Norwegian University of Science and Technology; Chiara Bedon, University of Trieste


The book “Performance Simulation and Characterisation of Adaptive Facades” responds to the need of providing a general framework, standardised and recognised methods and tools to evaluate the performance of adaptive facades in a quantitative way, by means of numerical and experimental methods, in different domains of interest. This book represents the main outcome of the activities of the Working Group 2 of the COST Action TU1403 Adaptive Façades Network, “Components performance and characterisation methods”, by integrating in one publication the main deliverables of WG2 described in the Memorandum of Understanding: D 2.1. Report on current adaptive facades modelling techniques; D 2.4. Report on the validation of developed simulation tools and models; D 2.5. Report on the developed experimental procedures. These are extended by additional sections regarding structural aspects and key performance indicators for adaptive façade systems.

This book is a comprehensive review of different areas of research on adaptive façade systems and provides both general and specific knowledge about numerical and experimental research methods in this field. The fast pace at which building technologies and materials develop, is slowly but constantly followed by the development of numerical and experimental methods and tools to quantify their performance.

Therefore this book focuses primarily on general methods and requirements, in an attempt to provide a coherent picture of current and near future possibilities to simulate and characterise the performance of adaptive facades in different domains, which could remain relevant in the coming years. In addition, specific know-how on selected cases is also presented, as a way to clarify and apply the more general approaches and methods described. The present book is published to support practitioners, researchers and students who are interested in designing, researching, and integrating adaptive façade systems in buildings. It targets both the academic and the not-academic sectors, and intends to contribute positively to an increased market penetration of adaptive façade systems, components and materials, aimed at rationalising energy and material resources while achieving a high standard of indoor environmental quality, health and safety in the built environment.

Author Biographies

Fabio Favoino, Politecnico di Torino

Dr. Fabio Favoino is Assistant Professor of Building Physics at Politecnico di Torino, within the Technology Energy Building Environment research group at the Department of Energy. His research and teaching activity focuses on the evaluation of the building performance of building envelopes, and particularly of high performance and adaptive facades, by means of both numerical and experimental methods and tools. Fabio’s professional activity has been articulating between academia and building industry: after his university studies (2005- 2010) at Politecnico di Torino (BSc and MSc), Milano (double degree MSc) and TU Delft (LLP Erasmus during MSc), he collaborated with different engineering and architectural firm in Italy and internationally as façade and building performance consultant (2011-2016). In 2016 he achieved his PhD degree in Façade Engineering at University of Cambridge (2013-2016), and after that he worked as a Senior Façade Consultant at Eckersley O’Callaghan in London (2016-2018) designing high performance building envelopes for offices, educational, retails, exhibition and residential buildings. He is a co-author of the Cost Action TU1403 — Adaptive Façade Network and Task Leader for the Building Performance Simulation task group in the WG2.

Roel C.G.M. Loonen, Eindhoven University of Technology

Roel Loonen is Assistant Professor at the Unit Building Physics and Services, Eindhoven University of Technology, the Netherlands. His research and teaching focus on the development and application of modeling and simulation strategies to provide decision support for designing buildings that combine high indoor quality with low or no impact on the environment. Roel collaborates with SMEs in various R&D projects, aspiring to accelerate the process of bringing innovative building envelope technologies and renewable energy systems to the market. Many of his projects have dealt with the advancement of adaptive facades, both from a theoretical and a more practiceoriented perspective. Roel is (co-)author of 14 ISI journal publications, 2 book chapters, and more than 30 peer-reviewed papers in the proceedings of international conferences.

Maxime Doya, Universití© de La Rochelle

Maxime Doya obtained a PhD at University of La Rochelle which analyses the impact of façade radiative properties for building energy efficiency in a dense urban environment. He has participated in national and European projects on strategies that can mitigate the urban heat island (ACCLIMAT, REPUBLIC-MED, MAIN, DESCARTES, VEGDUD) where he developed aggregation models for optical properties and performed sensitivity studies of urban microclimate models. He is author or co-author of 10 articles in international journals or conferences. Since 2012, he is project manager at the Tipee platform, he participates in the development of experimental protocols on laboratory at material scale and on real-climate testfacility at roof and facade components scale. His work includes also using of inverse numerical identification methods and performing numerical simulations at city scale or building scale, including numerical methods to coupling thermal and mass transfers.

Francesco Goia, Norwegian University of Science and Technology

Francesco Goia is Associate Professor of Building Physics at the Department of Architecture and Technology of the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, NTNU Trondheim. With a background in architecture and construction engineering, and material science, he holds a Ph.D. in Energetics from the Polytechnic University of Turin and a co-joint Ph.D. in Architecture from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology. Francesco is a passionate for technology and innovation and works to promote a more sustainable built environment. Presently, his main research activity concerns the ideation and assessment of strategies, technologies and systems for energy efficient buildings, with a focus on the dynamic building envelope components and integration of technologies and systems for renewable energy source harvesting. He is and has been involved in experimental, laboratory and numerical activities aimed at developing new technologies for responsive buildings, for solar energy and daylighting exploitation and for building energy management.

Chiara Bedon, University of Trieste

Dr. Chiara Bedon is Assistant Professor at University of Trieste, Department of Engineering and Architecture, Italy, where she chairs the course of “Structural Analysis”. Early Career Investigator (PhD degree in 2012), since 2009 she is involved in European projects and networks (JRC-ERNCIP, NATO-SPS, COST, etc.) including the “Structural” sub-group of COST Action TU1403. She achieved (April 2017) the Italian National scientific qualification for the position of Associate Professor in Structural Engineering. Her research activities are focused on structural glass; design/ analysis of structures under exceptional loads, including explosions and fire; use of innovative structural materials; optimization problems; advanced Finite Element numerical modelling. With more than 180 peer-reviewed scientific publications, she collaborated with more than 70 international co-authors. Dr. Bedon joins several Editorial board committees for ISI international journals. Editor-in-Chief for the open access International Journal of Structural Glass and Advanced Materials Research.



December 10, 2018

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