Taxonomy of sustainable, responsive and adaptive Façades

Deljavan N., ELİAS ÖZKAN S. T.

33rd International on Passive and Low Energy Architecture Conference: Design to Thrive, PLEA 2017, Edinburgh, United Kingdom, 2 - 05 July 2017, vol.3, pp.3991-3998 identifier

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Full Text
  • Volume: 3
  • City: Edinburgh
  • Country: United Kingdom
  • Page Numbers: pp.3991-3998
  • Keywords: Adaptive facades, Dynamic facades, Responsive facades, Stationary facades, Sustainable facades
  • Middle East Technical University Affiliated: Yes


© Copyright 2017 NCEUB.Sustainable facades can be classified from many points of views. One may look at them according to their bioclimatic, energetic or technological properties; which in turn may change according to the geographic location or climatic zones, in which the building is to be constructed. Facades of high performance buildings may incorporate active or passive systems; and bioclimatic features having single, double or multiple skins. They may be completely or partially static or kinetic; stationary or dynamic; rotating, sliding or folding; with fixed or movable shading. The façade structure may be made of concrete, timber or metal with glazing, shutters, screens or trellises. The glazing may be clear, tinted or photo chromic; or it may be filled with a gas or a phase change material. In other words there are many different approaches to façade design for sustainability. This paper shall present the taxonomy of façade systems based on a survey of more than fifty buildings from around the world, which claim to be sustainable, low-energy, bioclimatic or green. Such a classification will be helpful in matching the objectives of façade design with appropriate design alternatives to achieve them.