The im­por­tance of tech­nol­ogy can­not be ruled out in the façade / cladding in­dus­try, writes Al­had Patil, Tech­ni­cal Di­rec­tor, Di­a­mond Metal Screens

The im­por­tance of tech­nol­ogy can­not be ruled out in the façade / cladding in­dus­try as we are ush­er­ing in an era of smart build­ing tech­nolo­gies, PL

MGS Architecture - - News - writes Al­had Paɵl, Tech­ni­cal Di­rec­tor, Di­a­mond Metal Screens

Green prod­ucts: Ar­chi­tects and de­sign­ers to­day aim to de­sign and con­struct their struc­tures so that they are more en­ergy-ef­fi­cient and sus­tain­able. The im­por­tance of LEED rat­ing has picked up tremen­dously in the emerg­ing mar­kets, and it is this en­vi­ron­ment which fos­ters the de­vel­op­ment of new prod­ucts, which help ar­chi­tects achieve an ecofriendly de­sign. In fact, the green prod­uct mar­ket is a rapidly de­vel­op­ing area in ad­vanced coun­tries.

Smart fa­cades: With the ad­vent of wire­less tech­nol­ogy, some­thing as static as a façade can be turned into a more dy­namic build­ing el­e­ment. This could have sev­eral uses – ad­just its form to suit the chang­ing weather con­di­tions dur­ing the day. Static fa­cades would rely on ex­tra re­sources such as cool­ing or heat­ing – to bal­ance the op­pos­ing ex­ter­nal forces. This leads to added en­ergy re­quire­ments – ul­ti­mately di­min­ish­ing the ‘green’ fac­tor of the build­ing. But with in­tu­itive

smart fa­cades, it is a dif­fer­ent story. They will shape and re­shape their form to suit the ex­ter­nal en­vi­ron­ment, such that the end re­sult is con­ducive to a bet­ter am­bi­ent in­ter­nal en­vi­ron­ment. This in turn leads to re­duced en­ergy bills. In other words – a ‘ki­netic’ façade.

AR in Fa­cades: AR is augmented re­al­ity. This is a fledg­ling tech­nol­ogy, but the uses and ap­pli­ca­tions are end­less. To think of some­thing of this type be­ing used in the façade in­dus­try is very ex­cit­ing and fu­tur­is­tic. Our smart­phones are suf­fi­cient to suc­cess­fully ap­ply this tech­nol­ogy to a build­ing cladding / façade. Typ­i­cally, a cladding nor­mally hides from view cer­tain es­sen­tial el­e­ments like pipes, ca­bles, util­ity ducts etc. AR can help the main­te­nance team to pin­point the prob­lem area, if any

IOT: An­other ap­pli­ca­tion gain­ing pace and al­ready im­ple­mented by sev­eral man­u­fac­tur­ers of con­sumer goods such as ACS etc. In­ter­net of Things or the IOT tech­nol­ogy can be de­ployed in the façade in­dus­try to con­trol the pa­ram­e­ters of the cladding, and hence con­trol the ef­fect of ex­ter­nal fac­tors on the build­ing. For ex­am­ple, con­trol­ling the ven­ti­la­tion or open area of the cladding of a ven­ti­lated sys­tem to al­low only the de­sired amount of light / air to en­ter. All this can be done by an app in your smart­phone. Ar­chi­tects de­rive de­sign in­spi­ra­tion from their sur­round­ings and tend to de­sign fa­cades based on these cues. Emerg­ing tech­nol­ogy and tool­ing in the man­u­fac­tur­ing sec­tor helps these de­signs spring to life. More im­por­tantly, when the project in­volved is a large one, espe­cially com­mer­cial, where the dead­lines and project time­lines are a key fac­tor – bet­ter man­u­fac­tur­ing tech­nol­ogy is the key. The world of Ar­chi­tec­ture and Construction has changed rapidly in the past few years, with the in­fu­sion of new tech­nol­ogy in de­sign­ing of var­i­ous build­ing el­e­ments. As we move to in­dus­try 4.0 – the new­est in­dus­trial rev­o­lu­tion tak­ing shape, where data, pro­duc­tiv­ity are closely mon­i­tored by man­u­fac­tur­ers, ar­chi­tects will find a host of new prod­ucts with emerg­ing tech­nol­ogy avail­able to them in the near fu­ture.

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