Automated facade control

David Metcalfe, Stephen R Ledbetter

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This guide gives advice on the design, procurement, construction and operation of automated facades. It is intended for all those involved with automated facades including: clients, architects, M&E consultants, facade contractors, BMS contractors and suppliers.Facades are automated to control ventilation and shading. They are essential for the realisation of naturally ventilated buildings on most commercial buildings, schools and the like. Automation can be used to optimise the shading performance through the seasons and allow it to distinguish between detrimental and beneficial solar gain.This guide describes the components that are used to construct automated facades and how the processes of design, procurement and construction differ from those for simpler facades. Emphasis is placed on; the need to take appropriate early design decisions, the need for both concept design and detailing to be carried out as concurrent design with all relevant parties involved and the need for early planning of the supply chain.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationBath, UK
PublisherCentre for Window and Cladding Technology
Number of pages104
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2008


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