With the increased enrolment the digital technologies and modern computer applications in AEC industry, a parallel increase and upgrade happened in the work competition leading to new benchmarks in such fields. The importance of these technologies increased with their investment of improving energy consumption in buildings, which represents a world crisis. The problem got worse in hot arid desert zones, as the case of some regions in KSA, where most users tend to spend most of their time in internal air-conditioned spaces, which led to the increase of the consumption of cooling energy, that reach 40% of the total Energy consumed in buildings. Despite the widespread global use and investment of the benefits of the new technologies in many projects in different climatic regions all over the world, the high percentage of energy consumption in buildings in the KSA may be an indication that the use of such technologies is not well invested, and that its application has not taken the needed weight and importance. This represents the research problem of this study that aims to explore and confirm the importance of adaptive facades’ technologies that could not only enhance building energy performance, but also achieve more benefits to building users and environments. The study adopted the descriptive analytical approach through the review and analysis of literature and case studies to achieve its goal. The results confirm the importance of the new adaptive facades’ technologies and the preference of combining more than one technology as per the building surrounding context, in addition to identifying the main technologies’ features used in the analysed case-studies and the resulted benefits on the level of enhancing energy and the additional benefits resulted from investing these technologies. The significances of this paper emerges from the importance of its subject, results and conclusions that matches Saudi Vision 2030 initiatives related to digital transformation, current and future research trends related to adaptive facades’ technologies, and the global energy crisis responsive actions..
Hameedaldeen, Kawther Ahmed and Mostafa, Ahmed Omar M.S.
"Adaptive Façades’ Technologies to Enhance Building Energy Performance and More,"
Emirates Journal for Engineering Research: Vol. 27:
4, Article 3.
Available at: https://scholarworks.uaeu.ac.ae/ejer/vol27/iss4/3