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Towards Resilient Fašades: from qualitative to quantitative buidling performance analysis for designing resilient building envelope systems

azienda Thesis in external company    estero Thesis abroad


keywords CLIMATE CHANGE, DYNAMIC FACADES, ENERGY ANALYSIS, ENERGY PERFORMANCE OF THE BUILDING ENVELOPE, RESILIENCY

Reference persons FABIO FAVOINO

Research Groups TEBE (http://www.tebe.polito.it/)

Description The thesis will development a framework for evaluating building envelope systems under the resiliency perspective, in particular to answer questions such as: (i) what does it mean to design a resilient building and building envelope? (ii) what are the specific requirements for a resilient facade? (iii) how to evaluate a building envelope system in respect to its resiliency to climate change? (iv) how to pass from a qualitative to quantitative evaluation?
The thesis will start with a literature review on (i) general resiliency concepts; (ii) regional and city scale resiliency framework; (iii) building envelope qualitative resiliency evaluation framework; (iv) aspects of climate change effect in buildings and its effect on building performance. In parallel the student will develop skills related to: (i) building performance simulation, which can be in tools such as Energyplus or in parametric tools such as HoneyBee (EnergyPlus and Radiance) for GrassHopper, depending on the student experience and attitude; (ii) climate change scenarios and related building performance evaluations (passive survivability, overheating, energy use / CO2 emission).
Depending on the thesis direction there could be two alternative or consequential activities:
(i) the adoption of the qualitative framework to evaluate resiliency of a number of real projects (past or ongoing), to identify and discuss common strategies and technological solutions;
(ii) the quantitative evaluation of the resilience against climate change of a specific building envelope case study case study (i.e. office reference building integrating alternative building envelope technologies / strategies, i.e. DGU, TGU, natural ventilation, thermal mass, solar shading).
There is the possibility to develop the thesis together with a facade engineering company in Italy (remotely) or abroad (UK or France), to be discussed.

Required skills Knowledge of Building Physics fundamentals and advanced concepts (at least 2 building physics courses completed during the BSc and MSc degree, one of them related to parametric design of building envelope systems, using GH tools); willingness and attitude for literature review and modelling work; Excellent Excel skills; Use of Grasshopper for Rhino and basic use of GH Honeybee and Bombyx plugins. Or alternatively use of Energyplus (or similar).


Deadline 05/01/2023      PROPONI LA TUA CANDIDATURA




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