The development of technologies that reduce the consumption of fossil fuels and lead to a sustainable handling of our environment is an important goal. The heating and cooling supply of buildings is still today mainly based on fossil energy sources. Their replacement by renewable energy sources is of great importance. In order to increase the solar coverage rates of multi-storey buildings, especially office buildings, which have a limited roof area and a higher proportion of façade surfaces, it is advisable to integrate the necessary number of collectors into the façade. Vertical installation allows, especially in winter - when the sun is flatter - a heating support with high coverage rates. More about the integration of solar thermal energy
Buildings are responsible for about 45% of the world's energy consumption and thus also for a large part of CO2 emissions. A climate catastrophe can only be averted if buildings also consume less energy, are able to use renewable energies and in the best case produce energy beyond their own needs. This paradigm shift will only occur in the near future if a significant part of the industrialized world is provided with an attractive alternative with advantages over existing systems. Thousands of roof-mounted photovoltaic or thermal solar collectors are deterrent and will harm the introduction of renewable energies in the long run. Solar construction is not only a technical but also and above all an architectural issue. More about solar thermal energy in facades
Solar building is only a technical, but above all also an architectural topic. It is about the integration of energy generating elements. Here, nature is an inexhaustible source of inspiration for energy efficiency and sustainability. Our vision is a building that collects more energy via its surface than it consumes.
So far, facades are still very much viewed and developed in individual components. Qualitatively and quantitatively uncoordinated components such as facade profiles, filling elements, solar shading, collectors, etc., are offered by different manufacturers and must be combined by planners at great expense to create complex envelope systems. The project "Facade of the Future E2" tries to show new ways - in cooperation with the company Schüco. The aim is to develop functionally necessary building components for an energy-optimized facade that can be formally integrated into a facade system. More about the facade of the future