NEST HiLo

Investigating lightweight construction and adaptive energy systems

P. Block, A. Schlueter, D. Veenendaal, J. Bakker, M. Begle, I. Hischier, J. Hofer, P. Jayathissa, I. Maxwell, T. Méndez Echenagucia, Z. Nagy, D. Pigram, B. Svetozarevic, R. Torsing, J. Verbeek, A. Willmann, G. P. Lydon

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Abstract

This paper presents research on lightweight construction and smart, integrated and adaptive building systems. The research is focused on addressing challenges related to the building industry at large, including most prominently the improvement of energy efficiency, onsite power generation, and the reduction of the quantity of materials required to build. We introduce four innovations in context of the design of an experimental building (NEST HiLo): a lightweight, unreinforced funicular floor system; a flexibly formed, concrete shell sandwich roof; a soft actuated, adaptive solar facade and an automated, occupant-centred control system. We demonstrate novel structural engineering approaches to compression-only concrete elements and shell design using multi-criteria shape optimisation. We explore a building facade concept, which employs robotic actuators for solar shading and on-site generation. In addition, the operational phase of the building will be used as a living laboratory where occupants’ locations and needs for comfort are detected and used for the control of the energy innovations. The research provides insight into design topics that will become increasingly relevant for the evolution of improved lifecycle energy buildings.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)332-341
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Building Engineering
Volume12
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2017
Externally publishedYes

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Block, P., Schlueter, A., Veenendaal, D., Bakker, J., Begle, M., Hischier, I., ... Lydon, G. P. (2017). NEST HiLo: Investigating lightweight construction and adaptive energy systems. Journal of Building Engineering, 12, 332-341. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jobe.2017.06.013
Block, P. ; Schlueter, A. ; Veenendaal, D. ; Bakker, J. ; Begle, M. ; Hischier, I. ; Hofer, J. ; Jayathissa, P. ; Maxwell, I. ; Echenagucia, T. Méndez ; Nagy, Z. ; Pigram, D. ; Svetozarevic, B. ; Torsing, R. ; Verbeek, J. ; Willmann, A. ; Lydon, G. P. / NEST HiLo : Investigating lightweight construction and adaptive energy systems. In: Journal of Building Engineering. 2017 ; Vol. 12. pp. 332-341.
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