Intelligent Dynamic Façades

Intelligent Dynamic Façades

Saving with Automated Systems

Installing motorized shades on Windows Test Facility
Installing motorized shades on Windows Test Facility

While static window technologies provide practical low-cost technological options to manage both space conditioning and lighting energy use, automated fenestration systems offer the potential for greater, more optimized total energy savings in response to variable conditions. The dynamic range of outdoor illuminance and irradiance is orders of magnitude greater than the desired indoor range—static façade systems simply cannot always provide the optimal envelope response to the immediate environmental conditions.

With this in mind, the future design of high-performance buildings is expected to involve active façade technologies, acting in intelligent collaboration with HVAC and lighting systems to produce comfortable indoor environments with reduced energy consumption. In collaboration with industry, LBNL researchers are working to develop, test, and increase market adoption of innovative, intelligent dynamic façade systems.

Motorized Shades

Motorized venetian blinds, louvers, roller shades, and awnings

Switchable Windows

Switchable coatings on glass or films that modulate daylight and solar heat transmission

Model Predictive Controls

Multi-parameter control for more optimized performance

Occupant Behavior

End-user comfort, satisfaction, and acceptance of automated façade systems


Monitored case studies of buildings using intelligent façade systems