Validation process of a multifunctional and autonomous solar window block for residential buildings
Dec. 3, 2020
In the framework of the EU H2020 project EnergyMatching, a catalogue of multifunctional window blocks, called Solar Window Block (SWB) was developed for residential buildings retrofit (Andaloro, et al., 2018). The SWB is a prefabricated system composed by the following components: (i) an insulating frame; (ii) a highly efficient timber-frame window; (iii) photovoltaic modules; (iv) automated shading; (v) and a decentralized ventilation machine. The SWB solutions provide valuable opportunities for enhancing the energy performance of existing buildings and increasing building occupants comfort, in terms of enhanced indoor air quality and daylighting control, with a unique easy-to-install system, without adding electrical loads to the building. In addition, these systems allow for effective integration of BIPV modules to maximize renewable energy sources exploitation through self-consumption, with a low disturbance on building occupants.