|In recent years, the use of double-skin façades, sometimes referred to as a "building in a building", has gained a lot of popularity throughout the world, due to characteristics such as durability, ecology, easy circulation of fresh-air, use of natural resources.|
|As indicated by the term "double-skin" such a façade is intended to mean a system in which two "skins" - two layers of glass - are separated by a significant amount of air space, that is to say, a second glass façade is placed in front of the first. These two sheets of glass act as an insulation between the outside and inside enabling the air to circulate between the cavity of the two facades skin providing good air circulation, thermal and accoustic performance, etc. The type of double-skin façade then determines the type of air circulation. Of course, the most interesting systems are those designed in such a way that in addition to permitting natural air circulation, they also use solar energy, converting it into electrical energy. Let's take a closer look at the benefits of double-skin façades:
-Better acoustic insulation - improve noise protection
-Reducing heating energy requirements
-Reducing cooling energy requirements
-Exploiting solar power
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Last review: January, 2013