Saving Energy Through Improving Performance of Double Skin Facades: A Case Study Residential Building in Yazd

Document Type : Original Article


1 Department of Arts and Architecture, University of Bonab, Bonab, East Azarbaijan, Iran

2 Department of Architecture and Urbanism, Tabriz Islamic Art University, Tabriz, East Azarbaijan, Iran


The building envelope is one of the most influential factors in energy consumption. Therefore, optimizing the facade of the building with new technologies is one of the most effective passive solutions to provide thermal comfort. The purpose of this research is to design a composite facade, which according to the two main driving forces; the pressure difference caused by the heat flow (air flow and wind force) and the insulation of the air, for a residential building with a typical plan of Yazd in the hot and dry climate of Iran. That can be used to reduce the heating and cooling load of the building. For this purpose, firstly, the effect of two types of two-skin facades - floor-to-floor and all-over two-skin facades - compared to the model without two-skin facades in cooling and heating energy consumption throughout the year was modeled and analyzed with Design Builder version 6.1 software. The results of the constructions show the possibility of reducing about 60% of cooling energy through the creation of air conditioning and 26% of heating energy through the creation of thermal insulation in the residential building simulation model throughout the year by means of two combined shells. The findings of this research lead to the creation of more efficient energy solutions by creating innovation and combining new technologies according to climatic conditions.


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