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Robo Buildings: Pursuing the Interactive Envelope
In Recent projects, smarter building skins automatically control daylighting, ventilation, and more to benefit occupants and enhance sustainable design quality
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By C.C. Sullivan


AIA/Architectural Record Continuing Education



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1. Where did double-glass or interactive-envelope buildings first appear in the early 1980s?
a. Germany
b. Austria
c. England
d. New York

2. The driving forces for interactive envelopes are all except which?
a. occupant satisfaction
b. sustainability
c. value engineering
d. stringent energy codes

3. The conventional application responsible for the fervent support of interactive envelopes by designers is which?
a. fresh-air ventilation
b. daylighting control
c. thermal-mass cooling
d. radiant cooling

4. Adoption of high-tech envelopes has been slow because architects worry about which?
a. operable components being stripped off buildings
b. stringent energy codes
c. sustainability
d. the novelty of the idea

5. The drawbacks to using interactive envelopes include all except which?
a. high installed costs
b. mismatched warranties
c. occupant satisfaction
d. famous failures

6. The typical energy profile of large commercial buildings shows what amount of the cooling load is needed to counteract the heat gain from lighting and sun?
a. one fourth
b. one third
c. one half
d. two thirds

7. Smart windows consist of which?
a. photosensors
b. dimmable lighting controls
c. switchable glazings
d. solar-tracking devices

8. The energy draw of conventional fixed blinds is beat by up to 52 percent in summer by which?
a. automated daylight setups
b. dimmable electric lighting
c. switchable electric lighting
d. a combination of all three

9. The European use of the term “active facade” describes which?
a. primary space conditioners
b. any ventilated double wall
c. edge monkeys
d. hoppers, vents, and shades

10. According to Morphosis’s Pavel Getov, small manufacturers can be the most helpful to architects contemplating the robotics process for which reason?
a. they will cost less
b. they have more experience
c. they do not have a set method in place
d. they will exert more control

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