About R&D

The Group has focused on environmental sustainability themes and in its architectural projects implements new energy saving strategies. Intelligent façades, custom made for the largest world projects: façades filtering light, abating acoustic pollution and saving heat from the sun for winter heating or summer ventilation. Buildings capable of generating power through photovoltaic cells and resisting the strongest seismic events or explosions.


Research and development within the Permasteelisa Group has primarily focused on sustainable design of buildings and the development of façade components and systems to achieve this.


Main focus areas of sustainable building design include:


  • Protection

One of the main goals of any sustainable building is to provide not only protection against the elements but also safety and security to its occupants. With this in mind, structural and safety research is being undertaken in the areas of blast enhancement against the threat of explosive attack, fire protection and seismic design. Despite the severe structural demands that such loadings have on façades, the outcomes of this research have led to the development of systems and technologies that allow architects the possibility to maintain design flexibility and aesthetics, maximise transparency whilst maintaining enhanced levels of protection for occupants.

  • Energy Saving & Comfort

The increasing architectural trend of maximising glazed surface areas presents a technological challenge with regards to energy consumption and building sustainability. To address this challenge, building physics research and development has focused on areas such as the development of accurate software tools capable of assessing building energy usage, the development of climatically responsive advanced façade systems, façade integration of renewable energy systems as well as studies into the improvement of internal thermal and acoustic comfort conditions.

  • Efficient Design & Materials 

Design & Materials Research has focused on the development of proprietary surface rationalisation and optimisation software in conjunction with research into the possibilities and limits of cold forming of glazing, metals and composites. Cold bending refers to the bending of a flat surface to form the required curved free form surface. By understanding the extent to which a material can be formed the surface may be optimised in order to minimise the number of unique panel types as well as reduce the number of pre-curved panels.


Efficient design goals are focused on developing new systems using advanced composites and polymer materials with both low embodied energy and a high degree of thermal efficiency and recycle ability. These systems are lightweight, have high thermal efficiency and provide a new architectural aesthetic. Research into the application of innovative materials is carried out in accordance with the highest quality and occupant comfort standards.