Construction Systems and Components − Easier and Faster Construction

Comprehensive Integration of Energetically Active Facade Components into Building Processes

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Future energy systems required large areas for the installation of thermal and photovoltaic energy converters. The objective of the “SolConPro” project is the development of the large potential of building envelope areas in a cost-effective, reliable, and efficient manner. The early integration of solar facades into the planning process is essential. Building Information Modeling (BIM) is the central method for this purpose. It is an important basis of the digitalized planning and building process. The results of the “SolConPro” project should facilitate planning and installation of all types of multi-functional components for the building envelope, not only for facades with active solar energy conversion.

The fragmented value-added chain in the construction sector with many independent stakeholders with only partial responsibility is one of the main obstacles in the realization of energy-efficient buildings. Joint data storage with respective interfaces for different stakeholders is a basic requirement for a better cooperation. Furthermore, functions and tools of the different stakeholders in the construction process must be further developed. Specifically, we are addressing the following aspects:

  • Existing data integration approaches cannot map yet energetic and other facilities (TGA) aspect to a sufficient extend. For this reason, the Building Information Modeling (BIM) methods are developed further.
  • Pure data integration is not sufficient. In addition, quality-assured simulation methods are developed for planners that consider the multi-functional properties of innovative components and solar energy converters for the building envelope. The higher-level objective is a “plug and play” integration into existing planning environments. Models for multi-functional facade components were generalized so that they can be used in different building simulation programs.
  • Evaluation and development of product data models (BIM) for facilities systems and for facade components in terms of a digital, interactive product catalog.
  • The work in 2015 focused on the analysis of the challenges during planning and installation of active solar facades.