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Microalgae Building Enclosures
Design and Engineering Principles

ISBN 9780367410452
Published March 29, 2022 by Routledge
272 Pages 118 Color Illustrations

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Book Description

Microalgae architecture has gained awareness for its biotechnical potential to achieve net-zero energy architecture while also promoting ecological sustainability and occupant well-being. Microalgae Building Enclosures: Design and Engineering Principles aims to provide design, engineering, and biotechnical guidelines for microalgae building enclosures that need to be considered for symbiotic relations among the built environment, humans, and ecosystems.

Part I of the book introduces the theoretical background of microalgae as a bioremediator and future energy system and their potential roles toward sustainable and healthy built environments. Part II exemplifies interventions and multiple benefits of microalgae systems in product, architecture, urban, and infrastructure applications across the globe including Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, South America, and North America. Part III explains the design and engineering criteria, biotechnical design requirements, and various performance metrics for microalgae architecture. Finally, Part IV investigates potential building applications in low-rise buildings, high-rise buildings, and energy-efficient retrofitting. The book also includes international case studies of microalgae building systems within various building types and climates.

As one of the first books to comprehensively cover this emerging area of microalgae building enclosures, Microalgae Building Enclosures is an essential source for professionals and students looking to expand architectural discourse on nature integrated building systems to achieve the triple bottom line of sustainability.

Table of Contents



Part I. Microalgae Architecture Introduction

Chapter 1. Sustainable Development

Chapter 2. Why Microalgae?

Chapter 3. Microalgae and the Built Environment Symbiosis

Part II. Microalgae Architecture Case Studies

Chapter 4. Infrastructure Intervention

Chapter 5. Urban Intervention

Chapter 6. Architecture Intervention

Chapter 7. Product Intervention

Part III. Microalgae Building Enclosure Design

Chapter 8. Biotechnical Design Criteria

Chapter 9. Bioclimatic Design Overview

Chapter 10. Microalgae Facade Design Typologies

Part IV. Microalgae Building Enclosure Applications

Chapter 11. Microalgae Low-rise Buildings

Chapter 12. Microalgae High-rise Buildings

Chapter 13. Microalgae Retrofitting Buildings



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Kyoung Hee Kim, PhD, AIA, NCARB, is a practicing architect, engineer, and entrepreneur. She is an Associate Professor of the School of Architecture and the Director of the Integrated Design Research Lab at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Kim, a registered architect in North Carolina, is the founder of Ecoclosure, a university spin-off, and a design principal at Hui Kim Design and Architecture (HK DnA) based in Charlotte, NC. She has developed sustainable, regenerative building technologies toward net zero energy architecture funded by NSF, American Institutes of Architects, and institutional grants. As a facade consultant at Front Inc (2007–2017), Professor Kim engaged in over 50 institutional, cultural, residential, commercial, and governmental projects around the world.