From static to kinetic: A review of acclimated kinetic building envelopes Conference Paper uri icon


  • Thermophysical and optical properties of building envelopes play an important role in building energy consumption and indoor environmental conditions. Innovative building envelopes are more adaptive and interactive by actively responding to prevailing climatic conditions for enhancing energy performance and indoor comfort levels. Components related to these kinetic buildings range from automated blinds, to smart glazing, variable insulation, moveable roofs, etc. The purpose of this paper was to review state of the art acclimated kinetic building envelopes through existing and emerging technologies. Based on the conceptual research model and the climate analysis, this study reviews representative systems or designs grouped into three key climatic categories: solar-responsive systems, air-flow-responsive systems and other natural sources responsive systems, along with some useful remarks concluded from the available literature and designs. Copyright © (2012) by American Solar Energy Society.

author list (cited authors)

  • Wang, J., Beltrán, L. O., & Kim, J.

publication date

  • December 2012