Eco Architecture: Innovative Façade Design with Vegetal Elements: Opaque and Translucent Green Wall Constructive Solutions

By Raquel Guerra Aragonés and Francesca Olivieri.

Published by The Design Collection

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Reducing pollutant emissions in cities constitutes a global responsibility in urban and building design that has to be implemented through an architectonic local perspective. The design of vegetal façades is a sustainable alternative in order to achieve environmentally respectful buildings. Vegetation offers a thermal response that varies depending on climatic conditions. Hygienic ventilation, thermal ventilation and solar protection would be the features improved in dwellings. In addition to optimization of comfort conditions, the changeable nature of plants implies dynamism and versatility as a positive value for the design of urban areas. Four prototypes of translucent and opaque façades (two of them without vegetation) have been installed in an experimental building in order to determine percentages of energy savings and potential environmental benefits in comparison to traditional façades.

Keywords: Green Façades, Bioclimatic Architecture, Energy Optimization, Thermal Comfort, Monitoring Method, Industrialized Constructive Systems

Design Principles and Practices: An International Journal, Volume 4, Issue 2, pp.103-122. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.303MB).

Raquel Guerra Aragonés

Investigator, Research Group ABIO (Bioclimatic Architecture in a Sustainable Environment), Department of Construction and Technology in Architecture, Superior Technical School of Architecture of Madrid, Technical University of Madrid, Madrid, Spain

Student of Architecture at the Superior Technical School of Architecture of Madrid (ETSAM). Research assistant of the Research Group ABIO (Bioclimatic Architecture in a Sustainable Environment) from the Technical University of Madrid since 2008, Department of Construction Technology and Architecture. Currently, member of the line of research ‘Vegetal Envelopes’.

Francesca Olivieri

Investigator (architect), Research Group ABIO (Bioclimatic Architecture in a Sustainable Environment), Department of Construction and Technology in Architecture, Superior Technical School of Architecture of Madrid, Technical University of Madrid, Madrid, Spain

Architect and currently student of PhD Program from the Department of Construction Technology and Architecture at the Technical University of Madrid (UPM). Member of the Research Group ABIO (Bioclimatic Architecture in a Sustainable Environment) from the Technical University of Madrid since April 2007. Person in charge of general coordination tasks of the research group as well as the line of research ‘Vegetal Envelopes’.

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