Objectives of the project
The objectives of this project are:
- to develop, design, build and test a prototype of a pre-packaged and application-specific building facade unit integrating natural ventilation, daylighting and solar protection under intelligent local control and with photovoltaic power,
- to deliver an industrial controller, based on artificial intelligent techniques, to optimise the interactive operation and, when required, integrate with the energy system of the building, and
- to work out a comprehensive plan for the exploitation of the facade unit and the industrial controller.
The principal technical issue to overcome is the integration of the different elements to be used. Combining natural ventilation, solar protection and daylighting in an optimum way will require the development of new intelligent control algorithms. In addition this will need to be integrated into any other energy or environmental systems in the building.
This issue will be addressed by two main parallel but inter-linked work packages. One will involve the immediate production of a prototype system, and subsequent physical improvements. The other will involve testing and modelling to optimise the design, and to work on the control mechanisms. After these, a smaller but important work package will address the final exploitation of the developments produced by the other two work packages.
The main outcome of the project will be prototypes of pre-packaged and application-specific building facade units integrating natural ventilation, daylighting and solar protection under intelligent local control and with photovoltaic power. The prototypes are intended for both new buildings and major retrofitting. It is estimated that even a modest 2 % take-up of these facade units could save directly 1 million tonnes of oil equivalent in five years, and contribute to the potential annual saving of 7 million tonnes of oil equivalent within the EU by using natural ventilation and daylighting.
Funding SchemeCSC - Cost-sharing contracts
14123 Athens -Lykovrissi
PO9 2LY Hants
79110 Freiburg (In Breisgau)
15784 Zographos, Athens
CV4 7EZ Coventry
OX3 0BP Oxford