TECHNE: Special Series Vol. 2
Research & Experimentation

Novel component for smart sustainable. Building Envelopes

Gianluca Rodonò
Department of Civil Engineering and Architecture, University of Catania, Italy
Angelo Monteleone
Department of Civil Engineering and Architecture, University of Catania, Italy
Vincenzo Sapienza
Department of Civil Engineering and Architecture, University of Catania, Italy
Published March 22, 2021
Keywords
  • Composite material,
  • Smart envelope,
  • Foldable surface,
  • Kinetic structure,
  • Building integrated photovoltaics
How to Cite
Rodonò, G., Monteleone, A., & Sapienza, V. (2021). Novel component for smart sustainable. Building Envelopes. TECHNE - Journal of Technology for Architecture and Environment, (2), 144-148. https://doi.org/10.13128/techne-10699

Abstract

Contemporary approaches to the topic of the responsiveness of architectural components tend to simplify the moving parts as much as possible, avoiding the use of complex mechanisms. KREO is a component for lightweight responsive envelopes made with a composite material with elastic matrix and a textile reinforcement. The composite is pre-folded and it is possible to fold and unfold it without hinges through its elastic mechanism. The component is also capable of producing energy for its handling system through an integrated high efficiency photovoltaic system. Furthermore, its pre-folded geometry ensures its strength. This research involves the construction of a prototype of this energy self-sufficient kinetic component and the definition of its production process.

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