Shape Memory Material - Facade Design for Building Performance 

This thesis proposes a morphing building skin using Shape Memory materials. Relying on the property of the material, the facade becomes a passive environmental control layer. It changes form according to the level of radiation in real time without energy input, performing environmental control by altering the apertures for solar shading and ventilation control. This maintains user comfort and reduces building energy consumption.

The design is applied to industrial building revitalization in Hong Kong. Due to the high embodied energy in these massive buildings, revitalization with this design is a cost-effective solution to enhance environmental performance and spatial quality for its users.