The Impact of double skin facades on thermal performance of buildings

Daneshkadeh, Samira
Human comfort and satisfaction are of utmost importance that should be considered in design of a buildings. Providing occupants with high level of comfort is notably affected by thermal performance of building. In the case of invalid thermal behavior, health, productivity and performance of occupants will be affected negatively. Therefore, in this study it is intended to find out that if double skin facades are fundamental factors in thermal performance of the buildings or not. The study will concentrate on thermal behavior of the space within the double skin façade. Moreover, it discusses the disadvantages of non- ventilated double skin façade cavity. In this research, the south façade of Akman Medicorium Health Center in Ankara were investigated. Accordingly, the investigation was done through collecting temperature and relative humidity data by data loggers in cavity of south- east and south- west façade, the atrium and exterior. It is indicated that, the glass type in the façade of the building does not prevent inside to become hot through letting direct sunlight in to the building.Therefore, in order to decrease high heating loads of interior space, central cooling can be utilized in the building. It is recommended to apply ventilated double skin façade to the building which contributes to the thermal comfort of the space.


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Citation Formats
S. Daneshkadeh, “The Impact of double skin facades on thermal performance of buildings,” M.S. - Master of Science, Middle East Technical University, 2013.