The application of BIM tools to explore the dynamic characteristics of smart materials in a contemporary Shanashil building design element

Amin, T, Elkadi, HA ORCID: and Al-Alwan, H 2020, 'The application of BIM tools to explore the dynamic characteristics of smart materials in a contemporary Shanashil building design element' , International Journal of Sustainable Development and Planning, 15 (2) , pp. 193-199.

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Traditional architecture is known for its crafted facade features that respond to environmental, social and cultural requirements. Contemporary architecture produced façade features that attempted to enhance local design identity and local culture. Despite the advantages of modern technology, architectural elements have difficulties in fulfilling the idea of sustainable elegance that once traditional elements provided. This problem calls for an interdisciplinary design approach to deliver sustainable design solutions that positively adapt to the surrounding environment as well as maintain the state of elegance in design. With this in mind, the research aims to explore the role of new glass technologies to improve the performance and at the same time maintain the design value of traditional façade element “shanashil” in Baghdadi buildings. This research utilises BIM tools and uses smart materials to restore the lost value in design, which mimics the dynamic characteristics observed in nature, inspired by biomimetics strategies. Such qualities are found in the characteristics of smart dynamic glazing material particularly in the switchable, reversible properties of transparency and coloration efficiency. The material characteristics are attached to a 3D digital prototype to visualise the difference between dynamic and static properties through the use of technology tools Revit plugin and smart glazing virtual reality prototype. This research concludes that the dynamic characteristics of smart glazing materials are effective in delivering a multifunctional design quality to collectively blend in harmony with the surrounding environment.

Item Type: Article
Schools: Schools > School of the Built Environment > Centre for Urban Processes, Resilient Infrastructures & Sustainable Environments
Journal or Publication Title: International Journal of Sustainable Development and Planning
Publisher: International Information and Engineering Technology Association
ISSN: 1743-7601
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Depositing User: Professor Hisham Elkadi
Date Deposited: 19 Mar 2020 15:23
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2022 04:18

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