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Bio-based Building Skin

Authors: Dr. Anna Sandak, Dr. Jakub Sandak, Dr. Marcin Brzezicki, Dr. Andreja Kutnar

Publisher: Springer Singapore

Book Series : Environmental Footprints and Eco-design of Products and Processes

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This book provides a compendium of material properties, demonstrates several successful examples of bio-based materials’ application in building facades, and offers ideas for new designs and novel solutions. It features a state-of-the-art review, addresses the latest trends in material selection, assembling systems, and innovative functions of facades in detail. Selected case studies on buildings from diverse locations are subsequently presented to demonstrate the successful implementation of various biomaterial solutions, which defines unique architectural styles and building functions. The structures, morphologies and aesthetic impressions related to bio-based building facades are discussed from the perspective of art and innovation; essential factors influencing the performance of materials with respect to functionality and safety are also presented. Special emphasis is placed on assessing the performance of a given facade throughout the service life of a building, and after its end.
The book not only provides an excellent source of technical and scientific information, but also contributes to public awareness by demonstrating the benefits to be gained from the proper use of bio-based materials in facades. As such, it will appeal to a broad audience including architects, engineers, designers and building contractors.

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Frontmatter

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Chapter 1. State of the Art in Building Façades
Abstract
This chapter presents a portfolio of building materials suitable for façades. It describes the relationship between material type, building element, façade, and the entire building structure. Traditional façades based on static components, as well as adaptive concepts able to interact with changing environmental conditions, are briefly described and illustrated with pictures. Climatic design principles, biomimicry, and bioinspiration in architecture are introduced with the purpose of inspiring future developments.
Anna Sandak, Jakub Sandak, Marcin Brzezicki, Andreja Kutnar

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Chapter 2. Biomaterials for Building Skins
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Bio-based materials are considered a promising resource for buildings in the twenty-first century due to their sustainability and versatility. They can be produced locally, with minimum transportation costs and in an ecological manner. This chapter describes the potential of biomaterials for use in façades. It presents several examples of natural resources, including innovative alternative materials that are suitable for implementation as a building skin. Novel products resulting from material modifications and functionalization are presented, including a brief discussion on their environmental impacts. Alternative strategies for optimal biomaterials’ recycling, reuse, and other end-of-life strategies are presented and supported with case study examples.
Anna Sandak, Jakub Sandak, Marcin Brzezicki, Andreja Kutnar

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Chapter 3. Designing Building Skins with Biomaterials
Abstract
This chapter presents several successful examples of biomaterial façade design. It discusses façade function from aesthetical, functional, and safety perspectives. Special focus is directed on novel concepts for adaptation and special functionalities of façades. Analysis of the structure morphologies and aesthetic impressions related to the bio-based building façades is supported with photographs collected by authors in various locations. Finally, particular adaptations and special functionalities of bio-based façades going beyond traditional building envelope concept are supported by selected case studies.
Anna Sandak, Jakub Sandak, Marcin Brzezicki, Andreja Kutnar

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Chapter 4. Best Practices
Abstract
This chapter presents examples of innovative and sustainable use of bio-based products in building façades. Selected cases represent best practices implemented all over the world are presented from the perspective of art and innovation. Cases and examples incorporated in this chapter are indexed and summarized in a form of portfolio. Short description regarding materials, building function as well as motivation of architects to design certain objects is presented. Buildings presented here may inspire new generation of architects to successfully implement biomaterials-based solutions in their future projects.
Anna Sandak, Jakub Sandak, Marcin Brzezicki, Andreja Kutnar

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Chapter 5. Service Life Performance
Abstract
A special focus of this chapter is directed into assessing the performance of façades along the service life of the building. Influence of biotic and abiotic factors and their effect on materials physical and aesthetical properties are discussed. Principles of protection by design and their role in building performance during use phase are briefly introduced. Various approaches for the prediction of service life performance are supported with real case study data.
Anna Sandak, Jakub Sandak, Marcin Brzezicki, Andreja Kutnar

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Chapter 6. Portfolio of Bio-Based Façade Materials
Abstract
This chapter presents a selection of biomaterials identified by industry and academia as superior for building façades. Time series of photographs demonstrating changes of material appearance during use phase are provided for each case. In addition, selected technical characteristic, durability, recyclability potential as well as costing estimates are provided for each biomaterial.
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Chapter 7. Future Perspectives
Abstract
This chapter concludes the overall content of this book. The key challenges regarding possible innovations in the building sector are presented from the perspective of the development in materials science, design concepts, as well as tools and services for improved façade management.
Anna Sandak, Jakub Sandak, Marcin Brzezicki, Andreja Kutnar
Metadata
Title
Bio-based Building Skin
Authors
Dr. Anna Sandak
Dr. Jakub Sandak
Dr. Marcin Brzezicki
Dr. Andreja Kutnar
Copyright Year
2019
Publisher
Springer Singapore
Electronic ISBN
978-981-13-3747-5
Print ISBN
978-981-13-3746-8
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-13-3747-5