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> Seismic SAFety and Energy efficiency: Integrated technologies and multi-criteria performance-based design for building FACadEs

Acronym: SAFE-FACE


Facades, Seismic safety, Energy efficiency, Multi-criteria design, Low-damage technology, Probabilistic analysis, Fragility study, Optimization.

Project Duration

2021 - ongoing (2 years)

Initiated by

Dr. Simona Bianchi, Prof. Dr. Mauro Overend

Research Team

TU Delft, Sapienza University, Permasteelisa


Building facades are designed to meet energy efficiency requirements, due to the urgent need for sustainable communities currently driving the socio-political and economic priorities. However, environmentally sustainable facades are insufficient to create resilient societies. In seismic hazard zones, façade performance and serviceability can be severely impacted by earthquakes. Façade damage can occur at low seismic intensities and represents potential threat to safety and economy. Therefore, safer façade systems are urgently needed and the EU-funded SAFE-FACE project addresses this need. Damage-control details and sustainable techniques will be combined to develop earthquake-proof sustainable facades for mid-rise new/built residential/office buildings. Moreover, the common façade design will be advanced by integrating the seismic study. Multi-criteria performance-based tools and frameworks, including seismic safety as a decisive criterion, will be developed (or enhanced) to support the design of façade systems: a novel practice-oriented tool; an advanced optimization-based tool; an innovative probabilistic-based approach. 

Funded by

European Comission


  • Bianchi S., Ciurlanti J., Overend M., Pampanin S. (2021) “Integrating seismic and energy loss estimation for reinforced concrete buildings with precast concrete facades”, fib YMG Italy Conference, Rome, IT.



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