Special Issue "Advanced Residential and Commercial Building Envelope Systems Evaluation"
A special issue of Buildings (ISSN 2075-5309). This special issue belongs to the section "Building Energy, Physics, Environment, and Systems".
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (15 January 2023) | Viewed by 19557
Interests: building energy efficiency; residential and commercial building envelope systems evaluation; building science and energy efficiency of buildings; full-scale structural and environmental testing of building envelope systems; evaluation of building (structural and nonstructural) envelope systems under natural hazard and environmental load effects
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Over the past few decades, Building Envelope (BE) systems have become significantly more complex in response to ever expanding performance expectations with respect to sustainability, energy efficiency, various aspects of serviceability under environmental effects (e.g., rain, snow, wind, thermal radiation) and safety with regard to natural and man-made hazards (hurricane, tornado, earthquake, impact, blast). This requires BE systems be designed not only against applicable structural loads and deformations, but also provide air leakage control, moisture penetration control, solar heat gain or loss control, heat transfer control, and condensation control, besides using materials with low embodied energy. Such multi-performance expectations require involvement of professionals with expertise and experience in different disciplines including architectural design, material selection, system selection, structural design, energy design, fabrication, erection, insulation, and maintenance, among others.
Given that BE systems consist of transparent and opaque components, they cover a wide range of materials such as glazing systems, wood, plastics, masonry, concrete, composites, aluminum, and other light gage metals, assembled with different construction options including site erected stick frame or masonry systems, and prefabricated unitized, precast, and panelized systems. In response to various challenges posed by wide array of expectations, innovative BE systems are in high demand and are being introduced, including double skin façade, rainscreen and pressure equalized concepts, active, dynamic, and adaptive façades, building integrated photovoltaic, vacuum insulated panels, and various coatings for transparent or opaque surfaces such as thermochromic, photochromic, and electrochromic as well as use of phase change material in the BE systems. Besides innovative material and systems, advancements are also underway in design and simulation software development to accurately evaluate energy performance, including thermal bridge, air leakage, and condensation effects, as well as recent interest in various software interfaces and interoperability based on building information modeling.
For this Special Issue of the Buildings Journal, authors are invited to submit papers related to developments in any of the BE areas mentioned and case studies to illustrate application of such advanced technologies
Prof. Dr. Ali Memari
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- building envelope, enclosure, and science
- curtain wall and window systems
- double skin façade
- dynamic and adaptive façade
- pressure equalized envelope
- envelope energy efficiency