Algorithmic design and performance analysis of adaptive façades

H. Martinho, C. Belém, A. Leitão, Roel Loonen, M. Glória Gomes

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Building performance simulation tools have the potential for aiding the decision-making process in early design stages of an architectural project. As traditional simulation tools are based on a static design and adaptive façades encompass an envisioned movement of construction elements, there is a lack of supporting tools and workflows that can correctly evaluate the performance of such building envelopes at an early stage. The presented ongoing research focuses on developing efficient parametric performance-based approaches for assessing the energy consumption in buildings with adaptive façades, combining generative architectural design and performance analysis in a seamless workflow. To this end, we combine a new algorithmic design research tool with the well-established whole-building simulation engine EnergyPlus. The purpose of linking both tools lies in the possibility of generating and simulating models with adaptive façade mechanisms through a single script, evaluating and using the simulation results to adjust the model’s parameters and develop optimized control strategies.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIntelligent and Informed - Proceedings of the 24th International Conference on Computer-Aided Architectural Design Research in Asia, CAADRIA 2019
EditorsMatthias Hank Haeusler, Marc Aurel Schnabel, Tomohiro Fukuda
Place of PublicationHongkong
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)978-988-78917-1-0
Publication statusPublished - 2019
Event24th International Conference of the Association for
Computer-Aided Architectural Design Research in Asia (CAADRIA) 2019,
- Victoria University of Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand
Duration: 15 Apr 201918 Apr 2019


Conference24th International Conference of the Association for
Computer-Aided Architectural Design Research in Asia (CAADRIA) 2019,
Abbreviated titleCAADRIA 2019
Country/TerritoryNew Zealand


  • Building performance simulation
  • Adaptive façades
  • Algorithmic design
  • Energy analysis


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