Intelligent Building Skin – Self Cleaning Façade systems
Clean Technology 2008

Intelligent Building Skin – Self Cleaning Façade systems

M. Thurnher
iku®intelligente Fenstersysteme AG, AT

self-cleaning, intelligent, buildings, Facade, sustainable

“Smart buildings” - these are keywords in the 21st century. Technologies become more and more advanced, glass being one of the main materials used in the facade. Besides the design of the building skin, the maintenance is becoming a major issue. One of the most difficult challenges is the cleaning of facades in buildings which rise to the sky. The quality, value and performance of the building skin is directly related to the possibility to clean the façade. A dirty curtain wall projects an unwanted picture and modern technologies integrated in the façade, like solar cells need a clean surface for efficiency. The goal of the presentation is to show intelligent solutions for curtain walls integrating, an automatic cleaning device which allows to clean facades by just the touch of a button – anytime.