|SmartWrap Pavilion on display at Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum
SmartWrap Building Membrane
SmartWrap Building Membrane is a micro-thin composite that replaces the traditional components used in wall systems. SmartWrap integrates a collection of innovative technologies that provide multiple functions. Designed by the architecture firm of Kieran Timberlake Associates, SmartWrap is a composite material made of several layers including a polyester film substrate, printed layers, and laminated layers, all of which are roll-coated into a single composite film. By incorporating several different technologies which are printed on or adhered to the substrate, this composite provides the functions of insulation, protection from wind and rain, lighting, power generation, and even information display.
Key technologies in SmartWrap include:
- A polyester film substrate, which provides the function of wind and rain protection.
- Micro-capsules of phase change materials that are embedded into a polymer resin and then extruded into a film. This material provides temperature moderation by absorbing, storing, or releasing heat as it changes state.
- Organic Light Emitting Diode (OLED) technology, which emits light when an electric current is applied, provides lighting and information display.
- Thin film silicon solar cells to generate power, which can then be used to power the OLED technology.
The multi-functional design of SmartWrap offers potential benefits to several of the Concept Home Principles, notably Improved Production Methods and Integrated Subsystems.
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