With the growing expectations for Green Buildings many systems such as LEED and Estidama are being adopted and implemented to create a new generation of buildings that are more harmonized with the environment. Building Envelopes are an important component of this equation that can either enhance to or reduce the efficiency of this exercise.
Achievement of a green rating for a building is a team work. The Facade Consultant has to work closely with the other team members to understand the goal they are trying to achieve. Targets set by the Sustainability Consultants, Architects, and MEP Consultants should be discussed at early stages.
Proposals to meet the expected ratings can vary from the integration of photovoltaic cells to maintaining the required views to proposing smart shading elements. An understanding of the project nature, budget, and intent is very important to achieve the required goals and ratings.