Turning buildings into energy producers

Photovoltaics can be used directly in building and renovation projects and serve as a construction material in their own right. Integrating solar panels into facades and roofs can transform buildings into electricity producers ...

A facade that is a power plant and a guarantee of wellbeing

Anyone who spends most of their day indoors knows the importance of a comfortable atmosphere to work and live in. Researchers from EPFL's Solar Energy and Building Physics Laboratory are searching for ways to maximize the ...

New facades enhance energy efficiency of buildings

Recently, two researchers from UPM have developed a ventilated fa├žade with a double chamber and flow control device that significantly saves energy in buildings. This sustainable, efficient solution can be applied in both ...

Modular facades for tailored retrofitting

Innovative solutions are required to improve the energy efficiency of the existing residential building stock in Europe. But combining such innovation with better management and new business models creates unique retrofitting ...

Green facades are the future

Green facades and roofs are a current trend in building. Researcher Marc Ottele focused specifically on facades and sees considerable benefits in creating vertical vegetation. Among other things, the plants help to absorb ...