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Innovative and Intelligent Facades


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Jeff Tsai is a Facacde Consultant and leads the Arup Shanghai team of building envelope specialists. He has over 23 years of experience in the construction industry and has been involved in projects all around the world, from design, testing, fabrication to site supervision and management of complex facade systems. For the last 15 years Jeff has worked in Asia, leading on a variety of projects of varying complexity, scale, environment, technical requirements and costs, which make him extremely experienced in the construction practices of this fast growing region.

In this presentation Jeff gives an introduction on the current situation of intelligent facades in China. He describes Arup’s approach to innovative and efficient building envelopes, showing exemplary case studies, such as the bioreactive facade that produces energy by harvesting micro-algae and other innovative systems.

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Innovative and Intelligent Facades

  1. 1. 1 Innovative and Intelligent facades By Jeff Tsai Arup Building Envelope Design
  2. 2. 2 Innovative facades around the world Six Selected Projects 1. Beijing 2. Abu Dhabi 3. Tokyo 4. Hong Kong 5. Hamburg 6. London / Europe
  3. 3. 3 Beijing Green Pix Media Wall Medial Wall + Glass Rain Screen + 2,292 LEDs Simone Giostra & Partners 2,000m² “interactive skin” Completed: 2008
  4. 4. 4 Beijing Green Pix PV cell Laminated glass: solar energy collector and light diffuser
  5. 5. 5 PV cell generate energy during the day
  6. 6. 6 Beijing Green Pix Taking the first step is key to progress The stored energy used to light the wall at night
  7. 7. 7 Abu Dhabi Investment Council Two 150m tall office + automated solar shading AEDAS Completed: 2013
  8. 8. 8 Automated “Umbrella” open/close based on sun path
  9. 9. 9 Abu Dhabi Investment Council Predominate energy used in the office is for cooling Balance between good light transmission and SHG High performance glass + Dynamic solar shading Solve technical problem while delivering a design icon Automated “Umbrella” open/close based on sun path
  10. 10. 10 Automated “Umbrella”: Structural + mechanical
  11. 11. 11 Abu Dhabi Investment Council Headquarters Pineapple Anyone?!
  12. 12. 18 Hong Kong Construction Industry Council Zero Carbon Building Integrates work, education and social well-being An exhibition/education centre An eco-home show flat A multi-function room Ronald Lu & Partners (HK) Ltd Completed: 2012
  13. 13. 19 Utilizes natural ventilation, day lighting, sustainable materials Integrated landscape: minimizes the urban heat island effect Ultra-energy-efficient building systems with smart control monitors that minimized consumption Hong Kong Construction Industry Council Zero Carbon Building Energy reduction by 45%
  14. 14. 20 Analysis vs. Real Data A smart building with more than 3,000 sensors reporting on every aspect of its performance. There are four microclimate monitoring stations placed around the site to enhance understanding of how the building performs and interacts with its surroundings.
  15. 15. 21 The skin is an important part of the building
  16. 16. 22 Hong Kong Construction Industry Council Zero Carbon Building The skin should suite the building
  17. 17. 33 Green wall at Quai Branly Museum, Oasis of Aboukir Green Façades By Patrick Blanc
  18. 18. 34 Living wall façade – watch it grow! A lightweight, modular living wall system Proof-of-concept phase Undergoing small-scale trials in London, Berlin, San Francisco and Singapore.
  19. 19. 35 A “Green” Rain-Screen System Living wall façade A lightweight, modular living wall system The Living Rain-Screen Wild Screen (working name): The system used hydroponics for nutrient and water delivery, and seeds are grown on-site rather than in greenhouses, making for more robust plants suited to their living environment.
  20. 20. 36 Rapid growth
  21. 21. 37 Goals The system is designed to be visually appealing from day one, and to evolve over time to the delight of the onlooker. The intention is to make living walls cheaper and easier to specify, install and maintain than alternatives, and therefore more accessible to building owners and other stakeholders.
  22. 22. 38 Watch it grow! In 2 month period
  23. 23. 39 Thank You! Q & A