Breathing and Living Walls


Breathing wall with dynamic insulation properties appears promising in reducing building energy load while providing fresh air to the space. Advanced living wall concept, inspired by biomimetic principles, offer further adaptive nature of envelope systems to changing outdoor conditions. This chapter introduces the principles of both innovative wall systems. Both simulation and experimental approaches are presented to design, evaluate, and optimize the proposed wall systems. Results indicates favorable trends of efficiency for both systems. Recommendations are provided for the wall development.

3.1“Breathing Wall” Concept
3.2“Living Wall” Concept
3.3State of the Art
3.4Prototypes and Products
3.5Modeling Advanced Façade Systems
3.6Testing Advanced Façade Systems
3.7Thermal Performance of Single-Layer Breathing Wall
3.8Thermal Performance of Advanced Multi-Layer Walls
3.9Thermal Performance of Buildings with PCM-Enhanced Walls
3.10Thermal Performance of Buildings with Advanced Multi-Layer Walls
3.11Summary on Single-Layer Breathing Wall
3.12Summary on Advanced Multi-Layer Living Wall

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