Design optimisation of solar shading systems for tropical office buildings: Challenges and future trends

AL-MASRANI, S.M., AL-OBAIDI, Karam, ZALIN, N.A. and AIDA ISMA, M.I. (2018). Design optimisation of solar shading systems for tropical office buildings: Challenges and future trends. Solar Energy, 170, 849-872.

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© 2018 Elsevier Ltd Most high-rise office buildings in the tropics, particularly in Malaysia and Singapore, exceed the required level of the energy efficiency index. The implementation of conventional shading systems in the tropics has been proven to have limitations in terms of controlling the quantity and quality of received solar light throughout the year, especially at different solar angles with varying sky conditions. Therefore, the main objective of this work is to investigate the challenges and future trends of solar shading systems by examining their mechanisms, functions and materials for application in tropical regions. This study used evidence review to evaluate various types and models of shading systems based on a systematic method to identify patterns and trends through classification and comparison. Three main categories of shading systems were identified based on the energy involvement and the design approach: (i) passive systems with zero energy use, (ii) active systems that use mechanical devices and (iii) hybrid systems integrated with a biomimetic approach. Specific conclusions were drawn to emphasise the efficiency of developed shading systems in the tropics.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Fixed shading systems; Dynamic shading systems; Shape morphing skin; Biomimetic; Smart materials; Adaptive shading systems; 09 Engineering; 12 Built Environment and Design; Energy
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Page Range: 849-872
SWORD Depositor: Symplectic Elements
Depositing User: Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited: 04 Dec 2020 12:29
Last Modified: 27 Mar 2022 02:01

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