Proper insulation could go a long way in saving energy, but that isn’t easy to achieve, especially for large structures and buildings. The Media-TIC building designed by Cloud 9 architects could have a facade that would work well as insulation and save the building a lot of energy. Architect Enric Ruiz-Geli has designed an inflatable membrane facade for the building, which would help reduce energy consumption and lower its carbon emissions by as much as 37 percent.
The building will have four facades to serve for different levels of insulation. Longitudinal ETFE bags in the facade will be pumped with nitrogen when desired. Nitrogen, as a poor conductor, will provide insulation for the building by blocking the heat from the sun when required, and preventing internal temperature settings to easily escape.
These inflatable facades will generate their own power, by harvesting energy from the sun. To make the building greener, it will have a rooftop rainwater collection system. Water so collected will be used for landscaping and sanitation.