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UG26 – Azumos: A Smart Adaptive Facade System

With more than 42,000 buildings in the private sector, Hong Kong’s buildings sector is responsible for 90% of the city’s electricity consumption and 60% of greenhouse gas emissions. If this trend continues, Hong Kong will continue to become an ‘urban heat island’. In order to achieve the city’s goal of reducing carbon intensity by up to 70%, our team has developed a Smart Adaptive Façade System that can be attached to existing and new buildings and reduce HVAC load by up to 50%. The system can be retrofitted into existing structures through a steel anchor which is connected to the façade support frame which will enable Azumos façade panels to be integrated. Photodetectors in the system will then respond to changes in the direction of sunlight and instruct the panel to filter the solar radiation reaching the building to minimize HVAC load. Solar panels can also be incorporated into the panel, allowing the building to harvest renewable energy. Utilizing our Façade System, both building owners and occupants will reduce their operational cost and improve their indoor environment. Additionally, the retrofit also depicts their corporate social responsibility in tackling climate change and commitment to provide a positive impact to the environment.

81 replies on “UG26 – Azumos: A Smart Adaptive Facade System”

Futuristic, bold, and innovative. Azumos may have just opened a new direction for green construction. I wonder how scalable Azumos is and how would it react against Hong Kong’s strong winds during typhoon season.

Hi, thanks for your question! How AZUMOS would react during high wind load subjection was a key consideration by our team, so great question.

AZUMOS would adapt by changing its geometrical shape such that the aerodynamic value is increased. This could also benefit the building since AZUMOS would reduce the amount of wind load impact to the existing building’s facade.

Furthermore, we have also applied The Hong Kong Code of Practice on Wind Effects in the case study design of the structural anchorage system.

In terms of scalability, our mission is to leverage our modular components and retrofit AZUMOS into existing buildings both in Hong Kong and Globally. So, let’s see how it works out!

In addition to the facts that Louis pointed out, the AZUMOS facade panels will be attached to the exisiting building using Post Installed Reinformcements (for instance HILTI HST3) which will provide the necessary support against gravity and wind loads.

And since the entire design is modular, it will comparably easier to scale up the production using MIC concepts.

Great Vision it’s need of hour to sustain life on our mother earth. The efforts are commendable, All the Best

To bring down carbon emissions by adopting energy efficient Smart Facade Panels is the quickest, most cost effective and yet aesthetic solution advised by the team. I wish the team good luck and success in their noble endeavor to protect the environment. Let the Hong Kong project be a model for other big cities to adopt it.

Innovative this era of infrastructural development we are lacking sustainable development

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