Research and Development: the Basis of Technological Innovations

Increasing requirements on the efficiency of the facade as a protective layer against heat or cold — particularly in the light of rapidly growing construction activity in regions with extreme climate conditions and the emerging scarcity of natural resources — demand intensive efforts to develop technologically progressive solutions in the field of energy-efficient and sustainable construction. With its broad-based interdisciplinary research and development activities, the Facade-Lab is dedicated to this goal. The close linkage with real-world planning and construction constantly generates new problems; the solutions developed can in turn be converted directly into practice. Alongside IFE, current research topics include photovoltaic thin-film modules integrated within components, automated facade cleaning systems, prestressed glass supports, glazing with integrated LED conductors, exhaust air facades for reduction of cooling capability and heat output, and control modules for complex facade functions