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Task 56 Highlights 2018
Task 56 Highlights 2018
February 2019 - PDF 0.64MB
Publisher: Task 56

In the residential sector, solar thermal and PV systems are typically placed on building roofs with limited attempts to incorporate them into the building envelope thus creating aesthetic drawbacks and space availability problems. On the contrary, the use of facades is highly unexplored, and daylight control is delegated to individual management of blinds and curtains leading to high thermal loads during mid-seasons and summer. 

In the tertiary segment (offices, schools, hospitals), the roof is again, most of the time, the only surface devoted to the installation of solar thermal and PV technologies. While daylight control here is state of the art in terms of shading effect, the utilization of shading devices to redirect natural light into the room thus improving visual comfort still needs further work.

When energy efficient technologies are installed together with traditional ones, frequently they are just “added on top” of the main systems, resulting in high investment costs and lowperformance optimization. An interesting option to overcome this competition is to combine multiple functions in envelope components thus enabling hybrid systems to simultaneously cover different energy, comfort and aesthetic needs.

Task 56 Highlights 2017
Task 56 Highlights 2017
January 2018 - PDF 0.67MB
SHC Task 56 focuses on simulation, laboratory tests and monitoring of multifunctional envelope systems that use and/or control solar energy, influencing thermal energy demand, thermal energy consumption and comfort of the building.
Task 56 Highlights 2016
Task 56 Highlights 2016
April 2017 - PDF 1.8MB
By: Task 56

SHC Task 56 focuses on the analysis, simulation, laboratory testing and onsite monitoring of active envelope solutions that are integrated with building HVAC and comfort systems faced with one of the following:
• Delivering renewable thermal or/and electric energy to the building’s systems providing heating, cooling and ventilation, or
• Reducing a building’s heating and cooling demands while controlling daylight