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    • ISSN: 1793-821X (Print)
    • Abbreviated Title: J. Clean Energy Technol.
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JOCET 2016 Vol.4(1): 84-89 ISSN: 1793-821X
DOI: 10.7763/JOCET.2016.V4.258

Double Skin Façade: The State of Art on Building Energy Efficiency

Mostafa M. S. Ahmed, Ali K. Abel-Rahman, Ahmed Hamza H. Ali, and M. Suzuki
Abstract—One of the most important methods of saving energy in a building is by carefully designing its facade. A ‘double skin facade’ is optimally one of the best options in managing the interaction between the outdoors and the internal spaces. It also provides some architectural flexibility to the design. Double skin façade (DSF) building is one of the available energy conservation opportunities through recent intelligent buildings. The need to energy conservation and sustainable development in buildings is causing a new interest towards passive solar systems. This paper will survey the various types of double skin facades systems, exploring their features and functioning followed by a review of examples; both constructed and proposed, from different buildings. The paper will then assess and analyze recent research and examples to attempt to reach a conclusion as to whether with a double skin façade, minimizing energy consumption within building. Finally, double skin facade (DSF) has been proven to be highly useful and significant in current building developments. The only downside of double skin facade is that it is said to be more expensive than the traditional single glass facade. However, it is widely agreed by many experts that double skin facade (DSF) is more cost-effective in the long run. This is because it is long lasting and more durable as compared to the single glass facade.

Index Terms—Double skin façade, energy saving, ventilated façade.

The authors are with Egypt-Japan University of Science and Technology, Egypt (e-mail:,,,


Cite:Mostafa M. S. Ahmed, Ali K. Abel-Rahman, Ahmed Hamza H. Ali, and M. Suzuki, "Double Skin Façade: The State of Art on Building Energy Efficiency," Journal of Clean Energy Technologies vol. 4, no. 1, pp. 84-89, 2016.

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