Denisa Buzatu

I am a junior undergraduate in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, studying the Architecture and Engineering track – Structures focus.  My project in Prof. Adriaenssens Form-Finding Lab is part of the Peter B. Lewis Fund for Student Innovation in Energy and the Environment and investigates the impact of installing adaptive façade modules on the Friend Center for Engineering, in terms of the reduction in cooling and heating loads that can be achieved. Aided by the computer software Autodesk Ecotect and EFEN, we simulate the behavior of the building and determine optimal area for the windows and angle configuration for the shading modules for each month/day of the year. Depending on the chosen period and the tested characteristics of the system, the results shows potential savings between 14% and 43% of the energy consumption associated with cooling and heating loads.

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