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A systematic review and classification of glazing technologies for building façades

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Michael, Michalis 
Favoino, Fabio 
Jin, Qian 
Luna-Navarro, Alessandra 
Overend, Mauro 

Abstract

High-performance glazing technologies are essential for achieving the occupant comfort and building energy efficiency required in contemporary and future buildings. In real-world applica-tions, glazing façades are selected from a steadily increasing number of glazing technologies. However, the authors could not identify a systematic and comprehensive review and classifica-tion of glazing technologies in the literature. This creates a barrier when comparing typologically different glazing technologies and combining multiple technologies in a glazing unit. This paper provides a systematic review and classification of established and emerging glazing technologies based on publications from 2001–2022 which were interpreted following the PRISMA methodol-ogy. This study reveals that the majority of high-performance glazing systems used in practice are in multi-layer glazing configurations and that the glazing system performance can focus on in-cluding additional and multiple functionalities, which aim at improving overall building per-formance. It was also found that there is a large potential for improvement of multilayer, evacuat-ed, aerogels, electrochromic, and solar cell glazing by incorporating other technologies or innova-tive materials in multi-layer glazing units for either improving existing technologies or for the development of new ones. However, their longevity, robustness, and cost affordability should be ensured.

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33 Built Environment and Design, 40 Engineering, 3301 Architecture, 7 Affordable and Clean Energy

Journal Title

Energies

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1996-1073

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Publisher

MDPI AG
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EPSRC (1946259)
Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (1946259)
Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EP/L016095/1)
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