Delft University of Technology
During the past decades facade construction has undergone extensive development. There are several causes; first the architectural development in general which is always expressed in the facade appearance. Secondly, a clear trend to more sustainable solutions in terms of energy savings, collecting and decentralized storage, more respect is paid to user friendliness, climatic performance and circularity. Construction and manufacturing methods are getting increasingly sophisticated; resulting in system based design methods and products. For this reason, the former Façade Research Group, founded in 2005, extends its scope with an additional focus on building product development.
AF&P research group is hosted by the chairs Design of Construction (Prof. Dr. Ulrich Knaack) and Building Product Innovation (Prof. Dr. Tillmann Klein) at the Delft University of Technology. The group has currently 12-15 PhD researchers and conducts numerous national and international research projects on multifunctional façade construction, refurbishment, additive manufacturing and product service systems.