The Thermal Performance of Residential Building Integrated with Adaptive Kinetic Shading System

Mostafa M.S. Ahmed, Ali K. Abdel-Rahman, Mahmoud Bady, Essam Mahrous


In the last decades, development of innovative solutions is considered as a prominent issue for achieving sustainability within the built environment. One of the most paramount methods of saving energy in a building is by deliberate designing its façade. The façade is one of the perfect options for administering the communication between the outdoors and the internal spaces. Also, an intelligent kinetic design presents a creative method for energy conservation in the buildings. This paper reports the experimental results of thermal performance of residential building coupled with smart kinetic shading system. Moreover, the comparison between two identical apartments is accomplished. One coupled with the proposed system. The system fixed on the window the wall south faced. Indoor air temperature and energy consumption are measured and recorded for both apartments simultaneously. The results showed that this system could lead to improved and decreased the internal temperature of the building about 2-3oC. Consequently, the energy saved by 18-20% compared to the standard building without shading system, the improvement in apartment regards indoor environment quality and energy consumption will reflect directly on the building performance. The experiments were conducted on one apartment only due to financial costs. Consequently, implementation the proposed system on the whole building will enhance the energy consumed within the building.


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