• #31 - In The Air

    Reflecting on Energy-efficient Building

    Courtesy of Aedas Architects

    The energy efficiency of a building depends on the energy expended to ensure the energy needs of its occupants (domestic hot water, air conditioning, etc.). The greater the energy efficiency, the less energy is spent.

    Karim Beddiar, head of research and innovation at the CESI Group, has published the book Intelligent building and energy efficiency: optimization, new technologies and BIM, in collaboration with Jean Lemale.

    The building sector represents a tremendous resource for saving energy and reducing greenhouse gas emissions, two of the main objectives of the “Green Deal” Building Plan. Combining energy performance with user comfort and low environmental impact is one of the great challenges of the 21st century.

    In their book, the authors give the keys to professionals on how to optimize the energy efficiency of a building: How do we reduce energy needs in the new and the existing buildings? How and to what extent do technological innovations and digital working methods (the BIM and the digital model) contribute to the rationalization of energy needs?

    The book is only available in French.

    Featured image: Al-Bahr, Abu Dhabi, by Aedas Architects

    Clad with a unique dynamic shading system meant to reduce the buildings’ solar gain by 50 percent, Aedas’ Al Bahr Towers manages to test the limits of responsive design. The facade features a system inspired by the traditional Islamic latticework, mashrabiya, which is completely computerized to adjust to changing weather conditions.

    About the Author

    Erin Tallman is a journalist and the Editor in Chief for ArchiExpo e-magazine. She contributes to other online publications and, as an author, has already published her first novel.

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