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A Conceptual Design of an Integrated Façade System to Reduce Embodied Energy in Residential Buildings

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Department of Architecture, Technical University of Munich, 80333 Munich, Germany
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TECNALIA, Basque Research and Technology Alliance (BRTA), Bizkaia Science and Technology Park, Building 700, 48160 Derio, Spain
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SolarInvent srl, 95030 Catania, Italy
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Sustainability 2020, 12(14), 5730; https://doi.org/10.3390/su12145730
Received: 25 May 2020 / Revised: 2 July 2020 / Accepted: 9 July 2020 / Published: 16 July 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Toward Smart Cities: Zero Energy Buildings)
(1) The overall energy requirement of a building may be impacted by the building design, the selection of materials, the construction methods, and lifecycle management. To achieve an optimum energy-efficiency level when dealing with a new building or renovation project, it is important to improve the entire construction process as it is not enough to merely focus on the operational phase. If conventional construction practices do not evolve, compromise, or adapt to necessary changes, then it becomes challenging to deliver an ultimate low energy building. (2) This paper demonstrates the trend of off-site prefabrication and its production principles and the notions of open-building design and Design for X, as well as offering an overview of the development of automation in construction, which provides both insights and evaluations based on the context of the research. (3) Three European Union Horizon 2020 research projects were evaluated, and the outcome of the projects served as the backbone for the research and inspired the design of the proposed integrated façade system. Two design scenarios were proposed to demonstrate the potential improvements that could be achieved in a new build as well as in renovation projects. (4) The research lays a foundation for establishing a larger cross-disciplinary collaboration in the future. View Full-Text
Keywords: integrated façade; prefabrication; energy requirement; construction automation integrated façade; prefabrication; energy requirement; construction automation
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Pan, W.; Iturralde, K.; Bock, T.; Martinez, R.G.; Juez, O.M.; Finocchiaro, P. A Conceptual Design of an Integrated Façade System to Reduce Embodied Energy in Residential Buildings. Sustainability 2020, 12, 5730. https://doi.org/10.3390/su12145730

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Pan W, Iturralde K, Bock T, Martinez RG, Juez OM, Finocchiaro P. A Conceptual Design of an Integrated Façade System to Reduce Embodied Energy in Residential Buildings. Sustainability. 2020; 12(14):5730. https://doi.org/10.3390/su12145730

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Pan, Wen, Kepa Iturralde, Thomas Bock, Roberto Garay Martinez, Olga Macias Juez, and Pietro Finocchiaro. 2020. "A Conceptual Design of an Integrated Façade System to Reduce Embodied Energy in Residential Buildings" Sustainability 12, no. 14: 5730. https://doi.org/10.3390/su12145730

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