Improving the Energy Efficiency Of a Mediterranean High-Rise Envelope

Tanya Saroglou, Isaac A. Meir, Theodoros Theodosiou

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This study focuses on the building envelope as the mediator between interior and exterior climatic conditions, examining its influence on energy loads. The parameters are: Climatic conditions of the building’s location (Mediterranean climate), the thermal properties of the building envelope, and the effect of building height, on a high-rise office building with increased internal heat gains. The proposed envelope under study is a glazed curtain wall design, reflecting current high-rise architectural tendencies. Simulation results are in favour of a double-skin envelope design, with double low-e glazing as the exterior layer, and single-layer clear glazing on the interior, with two exterior windows that open and close in relation to building height, exterior environmental conditions and interior thermal comfort. The outcome is a dynamic building envelope that adapts and performs in relation to the above parameters.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)20-27
Number of pages8
JournalCTBUH Journal
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1 Apr 2020


  • Climatic Response
  • Envelope
  • High-Rise
  • Mediterranean Climate
  • Thermal Performance

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Architecture
  • Building and Construction
  • Urban Studies


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