Smart Wall Study

by Tyler G.

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The topic I presented last week in class was in internal, interactive smart facade or curtain wall, which could also be used for windows. In order to link this with information available on the Chicago Data Portal, I used data which could help with implementing the product into areas that are available or need this product to improve it's energy use within the city of Chicago. The base layer of the map outlines the community and neighborhood areas in the city. This serves as a reference for the data to see larger areas in need and find opportunities to plan larger projects to expand the use of the product. The data sets used on the map highlight vacant and abandoned buildings in the city, as well as energy star ratings of buildings under inspection of Chicago's Building Energy Use Benchmark Ordinance. The vacant and abandoned buildings are represented through the shaded of blue regions, light to dark representing the density of the amount of them. This poses the opportunity for finding buildings that can be acquired and updated with the use of the interactive smart window. Also, in areas where there are multiple vacant or abandoned buildings, a larger project based on a more technological and efficient design could be proposed for the area. Therefore, the technology could be used in a larger quantity and dispersed more within the city. The data from the Chicago Building Energy Use Benchmark Ordinance collects the whole energy use data from buildings over 50,000 square feet in the city that account for about 20% of all Chicago's buildings energy use. This data is represented through the shads of red dots. They are indicating the energy star scores for those buildings. Any building that is below or doesn't meet the required standard can be targeted as one in which the smart facade technology can be used to improve that