Engineered transparency 2012

Objectives and values

The conference »engineered transparency« takes place for the second time after 2010. It has its main focus on the dissemination of information related to several aspects of glass in and at buildings. Due to the fact that the saving of resources becomes more and more important the building envelope and its materials are in the spotlight of future interest both in energy saving and economical efficiency.

The use of glass in facades enables due to its transparency the utilisation of natural daylight to light buildings. One tendency is to optimally dematerialise the building envelope to profit from natural lighting at a highest rate as possible and from the solar radiation for heating the building in cold seasons. Such developments lead to applications of glass as structural elements in facades beyond its traditional application as window or room enclosure.

Glass is one single component of a facade. But a facade is more than a mere enclosing element and requires more complex considerations with regard to economy, feasibility, environment and sustainability during the entire life cycle of this particular building component. Built applications and latest trends in planning and research of facades shall present new ways in a comprehensive and overarching approach for an economical, environmental and sustainable design.

The application of photovoltaic modules as a type of cladding in facades shifts these with regard to their function from a mere enclosure to power generating elements. The facade turns into an element with doubled function in terms of energy. The building envelope not only saves energy and resources but becomes also a power station itself.

The conference addresses mainly engineers and architects in exchanging mutual needs and requirements pertaining to projects and case studies, energy and sustainability, design and construction as well as research and development in structural use of glass. The participation of glass producers and processors as well as interested clients will complete the global approach of this event.

The »engineered transparency« provides a platform for building professionals to share information and knowledge in and around the use of glass in buildings. Such an exchange will contribute to future research, developments and innovations for the structural use of glass in building applications.

The nearby trade fair »glasstec« allows for a direct contact between the glass producers and processors and the engineers and architects as their customs and users of their products. Such contacts will put the possibility of creating successful connections and collaborations onto a new and unprecedented level. The dissemination of information and knowledge is highly improved by the novel and unique combination of a designer's conference with an industry trade fair.


The engineered transparency conference is organised by

Technische Universität Darmstadt Prof. Dr.-Ing. Jens Schneider

Technische Universität Dresden Prof. Dr.-Ing. Bernhard Weller

Scientific Committee

Jan Belis Prof. dr. ir. arch. U Gent BE

Paulo Cruz Prof. U Minho PT

Markus Feldmann Prof. Dr.-Ing. RWTH Aachen DE

Ulrich Knaack Prof. Dr.-Ing. TU Delft NL

Jens Henrik Nielsen Assistant Prof.r DTU Kopenhagen DK

Mauro Overend Dr. U Cambridge UK

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