Correct design of a building's façade has a key role to play in its environmental performance: in terms of energy use, carbon emissions and thermal comfort of the occupants. Good façades deliver performance-driven design and sustainable construction. All too often, designers suspect that improving the U-value performance of a glazing system is the key mechanism for improving a building's overall internal thermal comfort but is it?
This programme will look at the general processes of façade design, issues to consider when designing as well as some glazing types.
- Cost and value of façades
- Aspects of façade modelling including thermal breaks
- Orientation, solar, light and thermal performance of building envelopes
- Changing environmental characteristics of the building envelope
- The use of U-value calculations
- New technological approaches
About the contributors
Andrew Hall, Leader, Global Façade Engineering at Arup. He has extensive experience in design, procurement, testing and construction of cladding using a wide range of systems, materials and construction types for both new build and refurbishment projects. Andrew leads a wide-ranging multi-disciplinary team of structural/mechanical engineers, architects, material scientists, engineering geologists, ex-industry specialists and product designers.