Façades and Windows

Fraunhofer-Institut für Solare Energiesysteme ISE
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A building envelope performs a diverse range of functions and tasks: Modern glazing and thermal insulation systems protect users against unfavorable climatic conditions. They allow solar heat to be obtained through windows and optimize thermal protection. They also regulate the supply of daylight and fresh air, and – using integrated collectors or PV modules – generate useful heat or solar power.

We are researching architectural and economical solutions for optimizing these multifunctional features. We develop products jointly with manufacturers, advise developers and planners, and test components and façades on accredited test rigs – both in the lab and the field.

Using simulation tools, we are able to analyze and generalize precise individual measurements. This enables us to identify and demonstrate potential for improvement. At the same time, we thus reduce the number of individual measurements required.

Our test results are internationally recognized thanks to our accreditation under DIN EN ISO/IEC 17025.

07-portrait-Tilmann Kuhn
Dr Tilmann E. Kuhn
Building Envelope, Façades and Windows, Building Integrated Photovoltaics
Fraunhofer ISE