Publications in Scientific Journals:

G. Gourlis, F. Tahmasebi, A. Mahdavi:
"Performance Simulation of External Metal Mesh Screen Devices: A Case Study";
Applied Mechanics and Materials, (*) (2016), 1 - 9.

English abstract:
Early design decisions with regard to building facade characteristics play a significant role in the resulting building's thermal performance. In this context, external metal mesh screens -used as a permanent second facade skin- are a rather new shading alternative, particularly in non-residential buildings. It has been suggested that such products can filter excessive incident solar radiation while maintaining the facade´s transparent quality. Given the multifaceted implications of this shading device for building energy performance, we undertook a detailed simulation-based study to evaluate the impact of metal mesh screens on annual energy demand for heating, cooling and electric lighting in different European climate zones. Possible design variations were considered in terms of mesh screen translucency, window to wall ratio and facade orientation. The feasibility of using such a shading strategy to provide passive cooling during summer was also explored, along with suitable ventilation scenarios. Toward this end, we examined a number of existing approaches to simulate metal mesh screens and identified their capabilities and limitations. A typical office space was tested in three European locations, taking local building construction standards into account. The results of this study can help planners in their choice of the appropriate shading strategy and provide recommendations for the application of metal mesh screens according to the climatic and architectural criteria.

Adaptive Thermal Comfort, Building Performance Simulation, Energy Demand, Modeling Approach, Solar Shading

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