Most of you is familiar with double-skin façades and all its different technologies: CCF, curtain-wall façades or hybrid double glass façades, etc.. At seele we have realised many: CCF of the K11 Musea in Hong Kong or the self-conditioning façade of Principal Place in London, to name only two.
Cover Image: ISOshade® façade © seele
Double-skin façades are high-performers and deliver excellent sound insulation values, serve individual ventilation and air-conditioning needs and improve user comfort inside the building. To put it concisely: They are a good choice especially in urban areas with less and less space.
But in my opinion, double-skin façades with a high material usage and external ventilation are no longer of the most modern design while facing urbanisation challenges. The future belongs to simple, self-sufficient systems without energy consumption combining protection against sunlight, heat and noise in one compact unit. I’m pleased that seele is actively engaged in doing profound research and – as a spin-off – ISOshade® was developed. This façade type has the potential to be the next generation of unitised building envelopes.
What is ISOshade® exactly? To say it in very simple terms: it is a façade reduced to the maximum. ISOshade® is a customizable insulating glass unit with an sun protection system integrated in the cavity. Usually, closed double-skin façades use an energy-intensive pressurized air supply or a ventilation system: Compressed, dried air is distributed through a pipe system to manage condensation in the cavity – not so with ISOshade®. The cavity conditions itself via a volume-dependent system. This eliminates the need to purchase, install and build any ventilation or piping system, and at the same time reduces operating and life cycle cost.
Building owners, operators and users benefit from more interior space and maximum comfort with low maintenance and operation costs. ISOshade® is an optimal solution for areas densification of the city. The slim element saves interior space and regulates heat, light and energy inside, regardless of the weather and according to the needs.
In this webinar below, Lisamarie Ambia (Director New Business & Sales, seele (UK) Ltd.), Michael Seele (Director Sales, seele GmbH) und Martien Teich (Head of Engineering & Development, seele GmbH) discuss ISOshade®, its design, operating principles and the application fields of the façade type #madebyseele
Author: Michael Seele, Sales Director at seele
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