Building Envelopes

In the research topic Building Envelope, our work focuses on the following fields of work:

 

Building-Integrated Photovoltaics (BIPV)

 

Façades and Windows

 

Lighting Technology

 

Service Life of Modules and Materials

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.

As a complement to our research and development work in the research topic Building Envelope, we offer related testing and certification services to clients.

 

Furthermore, we have extensive coating technology equipment at our disposal with which we are able to produce prototypes and small batches of various coatings on glass or metal.

Selected Research Projects

 

ArKol

Development of architecturally well-integrated facade collectors with heat pipes

 

RDemo-Facade

BIPV facade on a laboratory building: MWT pilot application within the scope of the RDemo demonstration project

 

iNSPiRe

Sorption Collector

 

SEA 2

Development and measurement of novel solar air-heating collectors and investigation of suitable energy usage concepts

Tilmann Kuhn

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Dr. Tilmann Kuhn

Building Envelope, Façades and Windows, Building Integrated Photovoltaics

Fraunhofer ISE
Heidenhofstr. 2
79110 Freiburg

Phone +49 761 4588-5297

Bruno Bueno

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Dr. Bruno Bueno

Lighting Technology

Fraunhofer ISE
Heidenhofstr. 2
79110 Freiburg

Phone +49 761 4588-5377

Karl-Anders Weiß

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Dr. Karl-Anders Weiß

Service Life of Modules and Materials

Fraunhofer ISE
Heidenhofstr. 2
79110 Freiburg

Phone +49 761 4588-5474

 

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