Multifunctional textile facades for coastal city buildings

Document Type : Original Article


1 Textile Printing, Dyeing and Finishing Department, Faculty of Applied Arts, Helwan University, Giza, Egypt.

2 National Research Centre (Scopus affiliation ID 60014618), Textile Research and Technology Institute, Dyeing, Printing and Auxiliaries Department, Dokki, P.O. 12622, Giza, Egypt.


Textile building facades comprise a large area of unexplored potential that present large surface footprints in the archetype of the buildings, which is properly designed to solve multiple environmental issues at different levels. In the present work, the authors investigated the treatment of cotton/polyester blended fabrics with hybrid coatings based on zinc oxide, chitosan, Pyrovatex and room temperature vulcanized (RTV) silicone in one-bath pad-dry-cure technique. These treatments impart multifunctional properties, such as antibacterial finishing agents, fire retardant, water repellent, solar (UV) protections and self-cleaning, to cotton/polyester fabrics. All the required parameters and measurements are carried out and included in this paper.


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