Engineering smart building skins for cleaner, greener architecture


A multidisciplinary team of material scientists,
engineers and architects is using nature-inspired design and new materials to create smart building
skins. A smart skin enables a building to function
much like elements of some living systems. It allows a building to “breathe,” but independent
of centralized control. The research team is exploring the use of
smart materials, such as shape memory alloys and stimuli-responsive polymers, in a variety
of approaches to produce building systems that function in concert with the environment. This new technology will make the Buildings
energy-efficient. The new composite material changes its shape
in response to different environmental conditions such as Light, Heat, air quality and water
concentration.. They act on their own. No one has to switch them on or off. It will work without requiring any external
electrical devices or mechanical devices.

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