VII International Congress on Architectural Envelopes

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Donostia - San Sebastián 27 - 28 - 29 May 2015

VII International Congress on Architectural Envelopes


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27 MAY 28 MAY 29 MAY


Day 1: Wednesday May 27th

(All conferences with simultaneous translation)





08:00 - 09:00

Accreditations - Reception



Room 2 – Plenary Conferences


09:00 - 09:05

Inauguration of the Congress  ICAE 2015

Iñaki San Sebastián, Deputy Director

TECNALIA Research & Innovation

English - Spanish

09:05 - 09:30

Energy-efficient Buildings in the European R&I Programme

Lorenzo Vallés

European Commission


09:30 - 10:00

New envelope adaptations

Rob Henderson



10:00 - 10:30

A facade research roadmap

Ulrich Knaack

TU Delft


10:30 - 11:00

Understanding European Facades - How will today’s innovations influence future facades

Patrick England

FAECF European Window Curtain Wall Manufacturer Association


11:00 - 11:30

Coffee Break


Room 1

Room 2

Room 3. AMANAC Session


11:30 - 11:50

Ventilated façade hygrothermal behaviour assessments & development of energy wise cladding solutions

Dr. O.Jung

Department of Research & Innovation, Trespa International B.V., The Netherlands

Sandwich Panels as self-supporting structural members

Beate Hörnel-Metzger, Bernd Naujoks

University of Applied Sciences, Mainz, Germany

New generation for the insulation
Dr. Pierre-André Marchal

PCAS, France


11:50 - 12:10

Energy Harvesting for wireless sensor nodes in architectural envelopes

Ivan Arakistain

TECNALIA Research & Innovation, Spain

Full Scale Performance Testing and Evaluation of

Unitized Façade Systems

E. Ilter, A. Tavil, O.C. Celik

Department of Architecture

Istanbul Technical University, Turkey

Reactive powder concrete for facade elements - A sustainable approach

Urs Mueller1, Natalie Williams Portal1 Mathias Flansbjer2, Nelson Da Silva1, Katarina Malaga1, Iñigo Larraza3, Jose Vera3

1CBI Cement and Concrete Research Institute, Sweden 2SP Technical Research Institute of Sweden, Sweden 3ACCIONA Technological Centre, Spain


12:10 - 12:30

Dynamic envelopes

Roberto Buxó Doniz

Architect, Spain

Honeycomb panel: an answer to the new requirements in architectural façades

Zigor Marroquín Martínez, Ángel Valle Rodríguez

Technical and System Development Department, ALUCOIL, Spain

Lightweight sustainable and energy-efficient concrete with all-waste aggregates

Alessandro Largo1, Sonia Saracino1, Agnese Attanasio1, Valle Chozas2, Iñigo Larraza2, Francesco Sonzogni3, Marco Preda3, Lucian Balaceanu4 and Longin Balaceanu4

1Department of Materials and Structures Engineering

CETMA – Engineering, Design & Materials Technologies Center,

2Concrete Group ACCIONA Infrastructure, Technological Innovation Division,
3Magnetti Building Spa

IRIDEX Group Plastic Srl, Romania


12:30 - 12:50

Development and Construction of a Thermoelectric Active Facade Module

María Ibáñez-Puy, José Antonio Sacristán-Fernández, César Martín-Gómez,

Marina Vidaurre-Arbizu

Universidad de Navarra. Spain

Approach to a light-weight façade taxonomy

Cristina Pardal, Ignacio Paricio

Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Spain

Sol-gel based coatings for low ice spreading on HVSC systems Jacob A. Hansen1, Stefan Holberg1, Ricardo Mateo1, N. Arconada, M. Hernaiz, E. Rodriguez, R. Ortiz)

1Danish Technological Institute, Denmark

2 IK4-Tekniker, Spain


12:50 - 13:10

Active materials for Adaptive Architectural Envelopes based on Plant Adaptation Principles
Marlén López¹, Ramón Rubio¹, Santiago Martín¹, Ben Croxford², Richard Jackson³

¹ University of Oviedo

²The Bartlett, Faculty of the Built Environment. UCL

³Institute of Biomedical Engineering. UCL , UK

System Integration in unitized curtain wall                                                      Andrés Campos Ventanilla, Sergi Balaguer

Engineering Department

Grupo Aluman

Environmental Assessment of Building Materials for Good Indoor Air Quality

Miriam García, Sarka Langer, Anna Widheden

TECNALIA Research & Innovation

IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute, Sweden


13:10 - 13:30

Solar active envelope module with an adjustable transmittance/absorptance

I. del Hoyo1, C. Villasante1, I. Pagola2, M. Sánchez2, E. Aranzabe1


2National renewable energy centre; Spain-UK

Freeform Surfaces Adaptation using Developable Strips and

Planar Quadrilateral Facets

Francisco González Quintial, PhD.

Javier Barrallo Calonge, PhD.

Superior Technical School of Architecture, UPV-EHU; Donostia-San Sebastián, Spain

Composite UHPC-AAC/CLC façade elements with modified interior plaster for new buildings and refurbishment

Lorenzo Miccoli1, Patrick Fontana1, Nelson Silva2, Andrea Klinge3, Christer Cederqvist4,         Oliver Kreft5, Dirk Qvaeschning6, Christer Sjöström7

1BAM Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing, Berlin, Germany

2CBI Swedish Cement and Concrete Research Institute, Borås, Sweden

3Roswag Architekten GvA mbH, Berlin, Germany

4Aercrete Technology AB, Bankeryd, Sweden

5Xella Technology and Research, Kloster Lehnin, Germany

6Dyckerhoff GmbH, Wiesbaden, Germany

7Svenska Aerogel AB, Gävle, Sweden


13:30 - 14:45



Room 1

Room 2

Room 3.
AMANAC Poster Session


14:45 - 15:05

Bioenergy envelopes for cogeneration and bioluminescence technology in cellulose factories: algae & wood;

Cristina Jorge Camacho

Universidad de Alcalá de Henares, Spain.

Experiences and challenges in envelope upgrading when increasing insulation levels                                                     
Peru Elguezabal, Roberto Garay

TECNALIA Research & Innovation


Graphene nanoplatelets biocomposites for advanced pultrusion profiles adapted to building envelope

I. Roig, O. Menes and B. Monje

AIMPLAS - Instituto Tecnológico del Plástico, Spain


Effects of flame retardants on flammability of flax fibre-reinforced composites

Javier Sacristan Bermejo, Nayra Uranga Loredo

Polymers and composites Group, ACCIONA, Spain


15:05 - 15:25


Requirements and performances of a façade integrated microalgae photo-bioreactor for grey-water recycling

Giordano R., Marino V., Micheletto M., Maccario S.

Department of Architecture and Design; Politecnico di Torino, Italy

An Experimental and Numerical Simulation Study of a Solar Wall Enhanced with Phase Change Materials

Dionysios I. Kolaitis1, Roberto Garay Martinez2, Julen Astudillo Larraz2, Maria A. Founti1

1National Technical University of Athens, Greece;
2TECNALIA Research & Innovation, Spain

Numerical investigation of the effect of vacuum insulation panels on the thermal bridges of lightweight drywall envelopes Dimos A. Kontogeorgos, Ioannis A. Atsonios, Ioannis D. Mandilaras and Maria A. Founti

Laboratory of Heterogeneous Mixtures & Combustion Systems, School of Mechanical Engineering

National Technical University of Athens, Greece


Monitoring of Health Related Parameters in Indoor Environments

Manuela Reichert, Jürgen Frick

Materials Testing Institute,

University of Stuttgart, Germany


15:25- 15:45

Active facades. The future of energy efficiency. New BBVA Headquarters in Madrid, an example of integration

Miguel A. Núñez Díaz, Jaime Otegui Lacorzana, Jesús M. Cerezo Miguel

Envolventes Arquitectónicas ENAR S.L.; Spain

Biomimicry in climate adaptative building skins: relevance of

applying principles and strategies

Mario Fernández Cadenas, Francisco Javier Neila González

Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain

Structural behaviour of RPC sandwich façade elements with GFRP connectors

Mathias Flansbjer1, Urs Mueller2, Lech Wlasak3, Daniel Honfi1, Natalie Williams Portal2, Jan-Olof Edgar4, Iñigo Larraza5

1SP Technical Research Institute of Sweden, Sweden

2CBI Cement and Concrete Research Institute, Sweden

3Mostostal Warszawa, Poland

4Projektengagemang, Sweden

5ACCIONA Infrastructure Technological Centre, Spain


Low Embodied Energy Insulation Materials and Masonry Components for Energy Efficient Buildings

A. Gaki1, M. Taxiarchou1, D. Panias1, C. Panagiotopoulou1, A. Pasquali2, C. Dedeloudis3, Valerie Spaeth4, C. Chatziastrou5, Jens Geduhn6

1 School of Mining and Metallurgical Engineering, NTUA, Greece; 2Morando S.r.I, Italy, 3S&B Industrial Minerals SA, Greece; 4Redco NV, Belgium, 5FIBRAN SA, Greece

6Schlagmann Baustoffwerke, Germany


15:45 - 16:05

Free-form architectural envelopes: digital processes opportunities of industrial production at a reasonable price

E. Castañeda, B.Lauret, J.M. Lirola, G. Ovando

Technical University of Madrid; Spain

A Design Tool for Building Envelope’s Typical Details in Architectural Education Asst. Prof. Dr. M. Cem Altun, Res. Asst. Işıl Türkay, Mine Koyaz

Istanbul Technical University, Turkey


New Materials for Smart Windows Glazing – Optical and Mechanical Properties

M. Willert-Porada1*, K. Kyrgyzbaev1, A. Saberi1, B. Scharfe1, Ch. Wehmann2, F, Rieg2, M. Arnold3

1Chair of Materials Processing, 2Chair of Computer Aided Design, University of Bayreuth, Germany; 3InGlas GMBH, Germany



Active paints to improve indoor air quality

Michaela Müller, Iris Trick

Fraunhofer-Institute for Interfacial Engineering and Biotechnology,


The INTASENSE Project Approach for Toxic Gas Detection Indoors

G.G.Mandayo1, J.Gonzalez-Chavarri1, I.Castro-Hurtado1, I. Ayerdi1, E.Castaño1, E.Hammes3,4, P.Ryser4, H.Knapp3

1Ceit and Tecnun (Universidad de Navarra), Spain

3CSEM Alpnach, Switzerland

4Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Lab.of Microengineering for Manufacturing, Switzerland

16:05 - 16:25

Active transparent façades including

water-flow glazing

B. Pérez - Pujazón Millán; B. Lauret Aguirregabiria; L. J. Claros Marfil, G. Ovando Vacarezza, J.C. Sánchez González, J.M. Lirola Pérez

UPM, Spain

Computer-simulation study on building-façade design

and its influence on fire propagation

María P. Giraldo1, Jaume Avellaneda2, Ana Lacasta2

1Forest Sciences Centre of Catalonia, Spain.

2University of Catalonia (UPC), Spain

Fostering energy efficiency in buildings through aerogel based renders

Mohamad Ibrahim1, Etienne Wurtz2, Patrick Achard1, Pascal H. Biwole1,3

1MINES ParisTech, PSL Research University, PERSEE, Centre Procédés, Energies Renouvelables et Systèmes Energétiques, France

2CEA-INES, LEB - Building Energy Lab, France

3Department of Mathematics and Interactions, France


Mechanically robust pectin-silica nanocomposite aerogels: potential materials for thermal superinsulation                  S.Zhao1, A. Demilecamps2, A.Rigacci3, L.Huber1, T. Budtova2,*, M.M. Koebel1,*

1Laboratory for Building Energy Materials and Components, EMPA, Switzerland;

2MINES ParisTech, Centre de Mise en Forme des Matériaux, France

3MINES ParisTech, Centre procédés, énergies renouvelables, et systèmes énergétiques, France

Full scale performance evaluation of Aerogel products and systems for building insulation

Ignacio del Val1  Roberto Garay2, Ewa A. Zukowska1 , Eunate Goiti2

1Acciona Infraestructuras, Spain

2TECNALIA Research & Innovation, Spain

16:25 - 16:50

Coffee break


Room 1

Room 2

Room 3.
AMANAC Session


16:50 - 17:10

Architectural Envelopes: Passive parametric building envelopes for elevated conditions of energy fluxes

Ismael Lara Ochoa 1; Víctor Manuel Martínez López2 ; Adriana Hernández Sánchez2; Carola Santiago Azpiazu2

1Universidad Cristóbal Colón, Veracruz, México; 2Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla, México

Building Integrated Photovoltaic Solutions

Isabel Sánchez, César Porras, Elena Rico, David Martín, Teodosio del Caño

Departamento de I+D+i

Onyx Solar Energy,(Spain)

Long-term performance of super-insulating materials in building components & systems

Dr. Daniel Quenard

CSTB, France


17:10 - 17:30

Case study of a double skin façade: focus on the gap between predicted and measured

M Comminges, A Dugue, P Arotcharen, P Lagière

Research Technical Organization NOBATEK; France

Simulation models and software for building-integrated photovoltaic systems

M. Machado1,*, A. Sanz1, J. M. Vega de Seoane1, E. Román1, A. Saci2, J.C. Batsale2, A. Sempey2, C. Pradère2

1TECNALIA Research & Innovation. (Spain).

2University of Bordeaux, France



Bio-aerogels: new promising materials for thermal superinsulation

Cyrielle Rudaz1, Arnaud Demilecamps1, Georg Pour1, Margot Alves1, Arnaud Rigacci2, Christian Beauger2, Claudia Hildenbrand2, Gudrun Reichenauer3, Tatiana Budtova1

1Centre for Materials Forming (CEMEF), MINES ParisTech, France; 
2Centre procédés, énergies renouvelables et systèmes énergétiques (PERSEE), MINES ParisTech, France;
Bavarian Center for Applied Energy Research, Germany


17:30 - 17:50

Methodology for  the sustainability assessment of industrialised façades in residential buildings

Ruth Vega Clemente

Departamento de Construcción y Tecnología Arquitectónicas

Empresa / Universidad Politécnica de Madrid. Escuela de Arquitectura, Spain

Do we want smart facades to be more durable than our smartphones?

A. Mateo Marcos Núñez; Jesús M. Cerezo Miguel

ENAR, Architectural Envelopes, Spain

Fire Behaviour of Drywall Systems Incorporating Phase Change

Materials and Vacuum Insulation Panels

Dimos A. Kontogeorgos, Georgios K. Semitelos, Ioannis D. Mandilaras and Maria A. Founti

School of Mechanical Engineering, NTUA, Greece


17:50 - 18:10

Hybridation of architectural systems with energy harvesting & delivery systems

Roberto Garay, Peru Elguezabal

TECNALIA Research & Innovation

Steel Envelope: Our steel solution for your green building

Françoise Carrara

Arcelor Mittal Europe - Flat Products

Structural façade system in biocomposite materials

Guglielmo Carra1,Morten N. Lund2

1Department of Materials Consulting  7 Arup Deutschland Gmbh, Germany

2GXN Innovation, Denmark


18:10 - 18:30



How to design an adaptive wall panel for retrofitting with multiple innovative technologies

Isabel Lacave Azpeitia1, Rogier Donkervoort2, Tim Dijkmans3

1ACCIONA Infraestructuras S.A., Madrid, Spain

2Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research TNO, Delft, The Netherlands

3Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research TNO, Delft, The Netherlands


27 MAY 28 MAY 29 MAY

Day 2: Thursday May 28th

(All conferences with simultaneous translation)




08:00 - 09:00

Accreditations – Reception



Room 2


09:00 - 09:30

Free-form steel and glass structures - Manta project (UK)

Carles Teixidor

Bellapart S.A.U.


09:30 - 10:00

From architectural concept to form – New Marina Casablanca Tower

Edouard Gillon



10:00 - 10:30

From architectural form to construction details – New Marina Casablanca Tower

Jesús Cerezo

Enar Envolventes Arquitectónicas


10:30 - 11:00

To build high rise buildings, ¿the architecture of the future?

Rafael de la Hoz

Rafael de la Hoz Arquitectos


11:00 - 11:30

High rise buildings, not only vertical technology

Xavier Ferrés

Xavier Ferrés Arquitectos


11:30 - 12:00

Coffee Break


Room 2

Room 3. AMANAC Fire Workshop


12:00 - 12:30

A performance driven design process for glazed envelopes
Damian Rogan and Lisa Rammig

Eckersley O'Callaghan (UK)



Reaction to Fire and Resistance to Fire Testing and related European Regulations: Challenges for advanced Materials

Prof. Alberto Fina

Politecnico di Torino (Italy)


12:30 - 13:00


The Broad - Hidden transparency

Stefan Marinitsch

SEELE GmbH (Germany)

Overview of the fire characterization of materials. Specific case of the fire development of WPC for façade applications.

Dr. Aitor Barrio

TECNALIA Research & Innovation (Spain)


13:00 - 13:30

Timmerhuis and Norra Tornen; design dilemmas of pixel architecture

Alex de Jong


Façade and Structural fire Testing: State of the Art and future needs.

Prof. Michael Delichatsios

University of Ulster (UK)


13:30 - 14:00

Façade design at Zaha Hadid Architects

Uli Blum


Computational tools for Fire Research: Potentials and link to Performance based Codes
Dr. Dionysis Kolaitis

National Technical University of Athens (Greece)


14:00 - 15:30


15:30 - 17:30

Smart Facades: Building systems design (Round Table)


Uta Pottgiesser  / Hochschule Ostwestfalen-Lippe, University of Applied Sciences

Jose Antonio Chica, Miguel Mateos y Julen Astudillo / TECNALIA  Research & Innovation


Guruprakash Sastry / Infosys

Uli Blum / Zaha Hadid Architects)

Dr.-Ing. Thiemo Ebbert / Kawneer

Stefan Marinitsch / Seele GmbH


English - Spanish


Congress Dinner

(Real Club de Tenis de Donostia-San Sebastián)

27 MAY 28 MAY 29 MAY

Day 3: Friday  May 29th

(All conferences with simultaneous translation)






Room 2



09:00 - 09:30

Obsolescence of contemporary envelopes: trends and risks

Pablo Garrido Torres

Departament de Construccions Arquitectòniques I Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (Spain)



09:30 - 10:00

Architectural envelopes in front of the Sea

Lucas Díaz Sierra

Díaz & Díaz Arquitectos SLP (Spain)



10:00 - 10:30

Technical development and assembly of Materia CAB system for the envelope of the Fundación Botín in Santander
Francisco Sánchez, Javier Villacorta-Creus y Roser Febrero

Departamento Técnico de Disset (Spain)



10:30 - 11:00

Orona Zero

Xabier Barrutieta1; Diego González2


2Fachadas Singulares Uxama (Spain)



11:00 - 11:30

Virtual models: from design to building operation

Julen Astudillo, Joseba Beristain, Borja Tellado

TECNALIA Research & Innovation (Spain)



11:30 - 12:00

Coffee break




Room 2



12:00 - 12:30

Light Facades Book presentation

Pablo Martín




12:30 - 13:00

Additive Manufacturing for Façade Construction – State of the Art

Dr.-Ing. Thiemo Ebbert

Kawneer (Germany)



13:00 - 13:30

Benefits of PVC windows in renovation and energy efficiency

Jos Lenferink




13:30 - 14:00

Challenges for the facade of the future

Max Radt

Wicona / Sapa Building Systems GmbH (Germany)



14:30 - 16:00

Lunch and end of Congress