Projects

According to the idea of "research driven design" and "design driven research", the goal in education and research is to develop new elements and components, integrating construction and structures, climate and energy, transparency, surface qualities and individuality. 

During the last decade, the Façade Research Group has conducted many government and industry funded research projects. A selection of projects follows. For more details on current projects and possible collaboration, please contact Dr.-Ing. Tillmann Klein.

Façade Leasing, 2015-ongoing

Research into new Product-Service Systems for building envelopes to enable a Circular Façade Industry. Façade Research Group (AE+T Department) and Department of Management in the Built Environment, Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment, TU Delft. Funded by: EIT Climate-KIC, ongoing. 

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PD Lab, 2015-ongoing

Testing platform for the development of building products using digital design and manufacturing techniques. Façade Research Group, Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment, TheNewMakers, Delft.

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Beyond the Current, 2016-2018

User preference tested design solutions for energy efficient housing renovation. Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment: Chairs of Housing Management, Architectural Engineering, Design of Construction, Heritage and Design. Funded by: STW Research through Design.

SPONG3D, 2016

An adaptive 3d printed facade system that integrates multiple functions for optimizing thermal performances the environmental conditions. TU Delft: Design Informatics, Building Physics, Design of Construction. TU/e: Building Physics, Innovative structural design. Funded by: 4TU Federation.

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KLABS, 2015-2018

Pioneering educational platform for the Western Balkan Region. University in Kosovska Mitrovica, University of Belgrade, Higher Technical Professional School in Zvečan, University of Mostar, University of Banja Luka, University of Novi Pazar, Delft Technical University, University IUAV of Venice, University of Ljubljana, University of Strathclyde Glasgow, RWTH Aachen University. Funded by: Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union.

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COST Action 1403 – the adaptive façade network, 2015-2018

The COSt Action is a network activity, supported by the European COST organization – to allow researcher exchange and cooperation. This program is led by the Hochschule Luzern / CH. Funded by: COST European CoOperation in Science & Technology.

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2ndSkin - Façade Refurbishment for Multifamily Social Housing, 2014-2017

Energy neutral apartments by renovation with an integrated façade approach. Façade Research Group, Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment, TUD Industrial Design, Hoogeschool Rotterdam, BAM Woningbouw Rotterdam, ENECO, Bart Spee Architecten, Funded by: TKI Energo and H2020 Climate KIC.

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efnMOBIL, 2015-2017

International innovative workshop program in cooperation with HS OWL / Germany, supported by Alcoa Foundation. 

Building system aerated concret, 2015-2017

To improve the structural performance of aerated concret for prefab systems, investigation of the technical performance and system development is executed in this research. Façade Research Group, Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment / Nobel.

Convective Concrete, 2015

Investigation of the potentials of energy collection, storage and distribution system integrated in concert sandwich panels. Façade Research group. Funded by: 4TU BOUW.

3D concert printing of temporary surface, 2015

Research to improve the printing technology of concert on free from surfaces. CITG TU Delft / Façade Research Group, Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment / TU Eindhoven. Funded by: 4 TU BOUW.

PolyArch – transferring polymer technology into the field of building technology, 2015

Transferring polymer technology into the field of building technology . Façade Research Group, Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment, TU/e Unit Building Physics and Services, TU/e Department of Functional Materials and Devices, Funded by: 3TU Bouw Lighthouse, ongoing. 

A research to investigate the Integration of thermal collector technology into corrected concert wall systems. Façade Research Group, Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment / Xella.

NEND, 2011-2012

Investigate existing residential building stock, propose refurbishment solutions and motivate homeowners. Provincie Groningen, Façade Research Group, Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment, 3-N Kompetenzzentrum. Funded by: FP7 Interreg IV research project with the regions Groningen (The Netherlands) and Niedersachsen (Germany). 

Living Façades for New Construction: R&D for green, sustainable building façades and façade systems in the field of refurbishment, 2009-2011

Collaborative Research with façade construction companies in cooperation with the VMRG, for technology and knowledge transfer and the improvement with a focus of façade refurbishment. Façade Research Group, Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment,  VMRG – Dutch Association of Metal Façade Manufactures. De Groot & Visser, BRS, Hermeta Gevelbouw, Solarlux NL and Kremers Aluminium.  Funded by: IPC- Innovatie Prestatie Contracten 2009-2012/Refurbishment.

Next Facades, Development of a building services integrated façade system, 2009-2011

Open, modular façade concept that allows the integration of heating, cooling ventilation and sun-shades in one integral design. Façade Research Group and Chair Climate Design Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment, Alcoa Architectural Systems, Somfy, Trox.

Rapid Prototyping in Facades, 2008-2012

Development of free form knot connectors for aluminum stick system . Façade Research Group, Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment, Kawneer Alcoa Architectural Systems.