SMART SHADING: SURFACE FINISH FOR REQUALIFICATION, REGENERATION AND VALORIZATION OF THE BUILDING ENVELOPE
IUAV University of Venice: Dept. of Design and Planning in Complex Environments
The research “Smart Shading” was founded with the goal of identifying new technological solutions for the protection of the external walls of the buildings from the summer sunshine, possibly through the application of innovative materials and technologies. Smart Shading project was developed in collaboration between Iuav University of Venice and the operating partner Materis Paints Italia SpA between March 2012 and March 2013. Materis Paints Italia SpA, with its brand “Settef”, is a global leader in the Italian market of paintings for buildings. The strength of Settef production are the finishing solutions for exterior “overcoat” insulating systems.
As part of the PRIN 2008 research "Requalification, regeneration and valorization of high-intensity social housing built in suburban areas in the second half of the '900" the results of the work conducted by the Research Unit of Iuav University of Venice, composed by Pietro Zennaro, Katia Gasparini and Alessandro Premier, have shown that the ultimate physic layer of buildings, that is, their outer coating layer, plays a strategic role for the enhancement of the entire building complex. The importance of what is often called "the ultimate sacrifice layer" mainly revolves around the following aspects (Zennaro, Gasparini, Premier, 2012):
a. Better protection of the underlying layers;
b. Redefining the appearance of the building;
c. Increased thermal insulation performance.
These issues involve the following effects on the whole building:
- Increase the useful life of the building (a);
- Increase in the value of the property (b, c);
- Increased environmental quality (b, c);
- Improved micro-climatic comfort (c).
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