Journal article

Biomimetic adaptive electrochromic windows for enhancing building energy efficiency

Bui Dac-Khuong, Tuan Ngoc Nguyen, Abdallah Ghazlan, Duc Ngo Tuan

APPLIED ENERGY | ELSEVIER SCI LTD | Published : 2021

Abstract

The concept of bioinspiration, which is a new design paradigm inspired by solutions found in biological systems, has led to many innovative designs in different fields in recent years. This study presents the design of biomimetic adaptive façade (BAF) to enhance the energy efficiency of buildings, which approximately accounts for 40% of the global energy consumption. A comprehensive analysis was conducted to identify the similarities between the mechanism of electrochromic window and chameleon's skin. From that, the design of the BAF system was proposed based on the bioinspired analogy. In addition, a building energy modeling software (EnergyPlus), a Python package (Eppy toolkit), and a deci..

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Funding Acknowledgements

The first author would like to thank the University of Melbourne for offering the Melbourne Research Scholarship. This work was mainly supported by the CRC-P for Advanced Manufacturing of High Perfor-mance Building Envelope project, funded by the CRC-P program of the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science, Australia, and the Asia Pacific Research Network for Resilient and Affordable Housing (APRAH) grant, funded by the Australian Academy of Science, Australia. This work was also supported by the ARC Training Centre for Advanced Manufacturing of Prefabricated Housing (CAMP.H) at the University of Melbourne.