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Proceedings of Building Simulation 2011: 12th Conference of IBPSA


Exploring the potential of climate adaptive building shells

Roel Loonen, Marija Trcka, Jan Hensen

Abstract: Building shells with adaptive, rather than static properties, intuitively offer opportunities for both energy savings and comfort enhancements. Progress in this field is characterized by fragmented developments, and the most effective type of climate adaptive building shell (CABS) behaviour is still unknown. Therefore, also the true value of CABS is not yet determined. This paper explores and quantifies the latent potential of CABS by using building performance simulation in combination with multi-objective optimization and advanced control strategies. We conclude that application of CABS has the ability to move building performance well beyond the level of the best static building shell design.
Pages: 2148 - 2155