Thomas Auer
Ulrich Knaack
TU Delft, Architecture and the Built Environment
Jens Schneider
TU Darmstadt
Keywords: Powerskin, Munich, München, proceedings


The building skin has evolved enormously over the past decades. Energy performance and the environmental quality of buildings are significantly determined by the building envelope. The façade has experienced a change in its role as an adaptive climate control system that leverages the synergies between form, material, mechanical and energy systems in an integrated design.

The PowerSkin Conference aims to address the role of building skins to accomplish a carbon neutral building stock. Topics such as building operation, embodied energy, energy generation and storage in the context of envelope, energy and environment are considered. The 2019 issue of the PowerSkin Conference focuses on the digital processes in façade design and construction, showcasing presentations about recent scientific research and developments in the field. The main theme about digital tools and methods in façade design and construction is the overarching topic that combines the three subjects:

  • Envelope: The building envelope as an interface for the interaction between indoor and outdoor environment. This topic is focused on function, technical development and material properties.
  • Energy: New concepts, accomplished projects, and visions for the interaction between building structure, envelope and energy technologies.
  • Environment: Façades or elements of façades, which aim for the provision of highly comfortable surroundings where environmental control strategies as well as energy generation and/or storage are an integrated part of an active skin.

The three universities Technical University of Munich, TU Darmstadt, and TU Delft are signing responsible for the organization of the conference. We have to thank the authors and speakers for their contribution and our teams for doing such a good job in organizing this event. Finally we have to thank our sponsors for their support and the Messe Mí¼nchen, which is so kind to give us the platform to organize such an event at their tradeshow BAU and by that create a link between academia and practice.

Author Biographies

Thomas Auer, TUM

Trained as a Process Engineer at the Technical University in Stuttgart, Thomas is a partner and managing director of Transsolar GmbH, a German engineer-ing fi rm specialized in energy effi cient building design and environmental quality with offi ces in Stuttgart, Munich, Paris and New York. In January of 2014 Thomas became Professor for building technology and climate responsive design at TUM. Thomas collaborated with world known architecture fi rms on numerous international design projects and competitions. A specialist in the fi elds of inte-grated building systems and energy effi ciency in buildings as well as sustainable urban design, Thomas has developed concepts for projects around the world noted for their innovative design and energy performance — an integral part of signature architecture. The offi ce tower for Manitoba Hydro in down-town Winnipeg, Canada, is considered one of the most energy effi cient high-rise buildings in North America. Lower Don Lands, Toronto, is going to be among the fi rst carbon neutral districts in North America. Outside of Transsolar, Thomas taught at Yale University and was a visiting professor at the ESA in Paris and other Universities. He speaks frequently at conferences and symposia. In 2010 Thomas received the Treehugger “best of green” award as “best engineer”.

Ulrich Knaack, TU Delft, Architecture and the Built Environment

Ulrich was trained as an architect at the RWTH Aachen University, Germany. After earning his degree he worked at the university as a researcher in the fi eld of structural use of glass and completed his studies with a PhD. In his professional career Ulrich worked as an architect and general planner in Dí¼sseldorf, Germany, succeeding in national and international competitions. His projects include high-rise and offi ce buildings, commercial buildings and stadiums. In his academic career Ulrich was professor for Design and Construction at the Hochschule OWL, Germany. He also was and still is appointed professor for Design of Construction at the Delft University of Technology / Faculty of Architecture, Netherlands, where he developed the Façade Research Group. In parallel Ulrich is professor for Façade Technology at the TU Darmstadt / Faculty of Civil engineering in Germany where he participates in the Institute of Structural Mechanics + Design. Ulrich organizes interdisciplinary design workshops and symposiums in the fi eld of façades and is author of several well-known reference books, articles and lectures.

Jens Schneider, TU Darmstadt

Jens is a full professor for structural engineering at the Institute of Structural Mechanics and Design, TU Darmstadt, Germany. After his studies in civil engineering in Darmstadt and Coimbra, Portugal, Jens received his PhD from TU Darmstadt in 2001 in a topic about structural glass design and impact loading. From 2001-2005 Jens worked at the engineering offi ce Schlaich, Bergermann and Partner where he was involved in the structural design of complex steel, glass and concrete structures. In 2006 Jens was appointed as an authorized sworn expert on glass structures, in 2007 to the position of a professor for structural engineering in Frankfurt and in 2009 to his current position at TU Darmstadt, where Jens is currently the dean of the faculty for civil and envi-ronmental engineering. Since 2011, Jens is also partner in his engineering offi ce SGS GmbH in Heusenstamm in Frankfurt, Germany. Since 2015, Jens leads the European project group for the preparation of the new Eurocode 11 ÀžStructural Glass“. Jens is specialized in structural mechanics of glass & polymers, façade structures, structural design and synergetic, energy-effi cient design of façades and buildings.



January 14, 2019

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