Passive eco-compatible & green envelope kit
INFINITE industrialised green envelope kit stems from the need to optimise the manufacturing and installation of façade elements with green cladding. This kit includes two modules, one for the façade of the building, the other one for the roof. The latter will be coupled with a PV system and tested in real environment.
Two more components, a grey water treatment unit and a bio-electrochemical system (BES), allow users to improve the management of irrigation, thus reducing the effort needed for operation and maintenance of the “living” envelope. Grey water treatment units facilitate the recirculation of rainwater, while the innovative bio electrochemical technology generates electricity from the degradation of organic matter during the treatment of wastewater. The electricity produced can be used to power environmental sensors to measure soil temperature, humidity, and solar radiation.
Why to choose the green envelope kit
- Plants absorb solar radiation and produce moisture, they “sweat”. This process called transpiration cools down the surrounding environment and prevents overheating in summer.
- Green roofs and walls offer shelter and nourishment to a large variety of different animals and plant species. As more natural surfaces get sealed every day, it is important to provide a home for wild bees, birds and other animals to increase biodiversity.
- With higher temperatures, the performance of PV-modules is reduced. Combining the modules with a green roof can increase the output of the modules because it keeps a lower temperature around the PV system.
- The grey water / rainwater treatment system reduces the need for potable water for irrigation.
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Mock-up kits up and running at Eurac Research labs
After an intense period dedicated to the design of the technical components, full-scale mock-ups of INFINITE kits have recently been installed at Eurac Research outdoor labs to test their overall aesthetic appearance and gain a better understanding of the interaction among kits on the same façade.
The Future Envelope – Towards Zero Carbon Buildings
15-16 December 2022, Bolzano-Bozen
Assessing social sustainability of retrofit technology
Presentation at S-LCA Conference, 7 September at 11:15