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Natural and environmentally responsive building envelopes

Luther, Mark and Altomonte, Sergio 2007, Natural and environmentally responsive building envelopes, in 37th International Conference on Environmental Systems (ICES), Chicago, Illinois, July 9-12, 2007., Society of Automotive Engineers, Warrendale, Pa., pp. 1-12.

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Title Natural and environmentally responsive building envelopes
Author(s) Luther, Mark
Altomonte, Sergio
Conference name Towards a Lunar Architecture: the 37th International Conference on Environmental Systems
Conference location Illinois, USA
Conference dates July 9-12 2007
Title of proceedings 37th International Conference on Environmental Systems (ICES), Chicago, Illinois, July 9-12, 2007.
Editor(s) Spampinato, Philip M.
Publication date 2007
Conference series International Conference on Environmental Systems
Start page 1
End page 12
Publisher Society of Automotive Engineers
Place of publication Warrendale, Pa.
Summary In a context of global warming and our needs to reduce CO\d2 emissions, building envelopes will play an important role. A new imperative has been put forth to architects and engineers to develop innovative materials, components and systems, in order to make building envelopes adaptive and responsive to variable and extreme climate conditions. Envelopes serve multiple functions, from shielding the interior environment to collecting, storing and generating energy. Perhaps a more recent concern of terrestrial habitats is permeability and leakages within the building envelope. Such airtight and concealed envelopes with zero particle exchange are a necessity and already exist in regard to space capsules and habitats.

This paper attempts to acknowledge existing and visionary envelope concepts and their functioning in conjunction with maintaining a favorable interior environment. It introduces several criteria and requirements of advanced fa\acades along with interior pressurization control. Furthermore, the paper also takes a closer look at the principles of "biomimicry" of natural systems combined with the most up-to-date building materials and construction technologies, trying to integrate the notions of adaptation - where the capacity to survive depends on the ability to adjust to the environment - within the concept of technological evolution and innovation. An "adaptive" attitude in the way in which we conceive our built structures provides a conceptual basis for the advanced building design of our future, as well as one concerned about the efficient management of the available resources. Built environments of the future (in extreme climates or not) will need to respond to Renewable, Adaptive, Recyclable and Environmental (R.A.R.E.) concepts in order to coexist in a sustainable way with their surroundings.
Notes SAE Paper 2007-01-3056 ©2007 SAE International. This paper is posted on this website with permission from SAE International. This paper may not be copied, distributed or forwarded to others for further use without permission from SAE.
ISBN 9780768019506
Language eng
Field of Research 120106 Interior Design
HERDC Research category E1 Full written paper - refereed
Copyright notice ©2007, SAE International
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30008015

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