Smart glazing in intelligent buildings : what can we simulate?

F. Favoino, L. Giovannini, R.C.G.M. Loonen

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The integration of smart glazing and adaptive façade in buildings can lead to large performance improvements and added functionality compared to conventional static building envelope systems. This is achieved not only by embedding automatic/controllable (smart/active) switchable materials into the building envelope, but also including intelligence into the way the whole building is designed and operated.
Desk studies and Building Performance Simulation can be used to support the design process of these technologies and of the building integrating them, as well as to support product development aimed at building integration of novel switchable glazing technologies. Although BPS tools traditionally lag behind the development of novel technologies and adaptive building envelope systems, therefore it is not always possible or easy to evaluate in an accurate and comprehensive way the performance of building integrated switchable glazing technologies, and in general adaptive facades.
In this paper we outline the main requirements for BPS of smart glazing. These include user interface requirements, models availability, integration of physical domains, integration and customisation of control strategies. We analyse possible BPS tools that could be used and their main advantages and drawbacks, and describe the latest advances for more integrated simulation methodologies and tools, included an ad-hoc developed simulation tools which aims at overcoming the main limitation of traditional BPS tools.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAll eyes on glass : conference proceedings of Glass Performance Days 2017, 28-30 June 2017, Tampere, Finland
Place of PublicationTampere
PublisherGlass Performance Days, Glaston Finland Oy
ISBN (Electronic)978-952-5836-06-6
Publication statusPublished - 2017


  • building performance simulation
  • smart glazing
  • adaptive facades


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