This project aims to design, develop and use innovative bio-facades in Qatar. The integration of plants to a building envelope is now an important topic. On the one hand the lack of vegetation in the cities that provides a range of negative environmental effects – is the subject of urban programs for plants restoration; on the other hand the inability to meet the demand for green spaces – because of the extensive use of urban soil – has emphasized the chance to bring nature into the buildings. Using constructed surfaces as a growing-base for plants represents one of the few possibilities to restore nature in urban areas. In addition to the numerous benefits that vegetation (and trees in particular) provides to the urban environment, the buildings with bio-facades increase their own economical value because of the high estimation assigned.

The main objective seeks to evaluate the effects of plants on urban microclimate and facade thermal performance in the hot climate of Qatar.  The experimental results will allow formulating design guidelines for using plants in buildings to improve their energy performance in hot climates.

This research project funded by Qatar National Research Fund (QNRF) and it is a joint project involving experts from Optim Design, Qatar University, Cyclone Energy Group, and Mingo Design.

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