Presentation on: “Biomimetic principles for thermally adaptive façades: thermal adaptability in nature and engineering” @ 10th Conference on Advanced Building Skins, Bern, Switzerland.

How can nature teach thermal adaptation for architectural designs?

The conference presentation showed results from a comparative study of selected biological and technical functions for thermal adaptability, which are based on an extensive literature review in biology and façade engineering. Several selected biological role models have been analysed in detail to identify their principles for dealing with thermal adaptation. These principles have been
further abstracted through systematic biomimetic methods into use cases and compared with existing technical solutions and materials for thermally adaptive facades. Identified differences in the comparison are transferred to optimization suggestions for thermally responsive façade elements that are more effective and sustainable based on biomimetic measures.

The 10th conference on Advanced Building Skins is renowned international event that gathers topics around multidisciplinary, integrated planning approaches, built solutions and research activities by architects, engineers, scientists, manufacturers and the building industry to reduce energy consumption of buildings. The focus is set on building envelopes. Susanne Gosztonyi presented in the session "Adaptive and Dynamic Building Skin Design" (day 1) her Ph.D topic that targets at the exploration of thermally adaptive principles in nature and their transferabilioty to architectural engineering of facades.
  • Biomimetic concepts for thermally adaptive building skins
  • Thermal adaptability of biological and technical systems
  • Applicable biomimetic design for climate-responsive facades
(pic: extract of presentation - Susanne Gosztonyi, Energy and Building Design, Architecture and Built Environment, Lund University, Sweden / research fellow at Facade Research Group, Design of Construction, Architectural Engineering & Technology, TU Delft, The Netherlands)