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Living Facades

Throughout history, the building envelope of monumental structures has attempted to embody the complex relationships between functional and cultural elements. The history of the building envelope can be described as constant research and development of the following functions:
• Protection. Rain, cold, heat, solar radiation and intrusion
• Prestige and identity: dimension, materials and decorations
• Comfort: light ventilation, insulation, perception
Tags: living facades, sustainability
Henk de Bleecker
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Living Facades

In modern times, buildings have come to represent both corporate and individual identity (much like the palaces and temples of the past). Throughout history, up until the early post W.W. II years, architectural response to the climate was an integral part of professional education. Unfortunately from the 1960’s to the present day, the principles of designing with the climate, or using bio-climatic principles, was also negated.
Architectural institutions no longer focused on teaching fundamentals of building physics and the design of the mechanical system was focused on the suppliers of mechanical plant. With the advent of mechanical air conditioning, building designers were free to pursue and give precedence to form over human comfort. It was by no coincidence that the suppliers developed most of the HVAC design standards, manuals and software packages used by the HVAC engineers.
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