The Fellows encountering the first snow….
It is probably the most international team, which is represented by specialists from Germany, Italy, Denmark, the USA, the UK and Russia……
Yes, we can! Two awards for the VR-Bank.
Thanks to the whole Team.
Unternehmen / Company
VR Bank Asperg-Markgröningen eG Markgröningen, Germany, www.vrbank-am.de
Liebel/Architekten BDA Steffen Kainzbauer, Karin Dischinger-Hänle, Helen Hellmeier, Carmen Jochim, Aalen, Germany, www.liebelarchitekten.de
Karl Irmler GmbH Markus Irmler, Christa Stirner, Lauchheim, Germany, www.irmler-gmbh.de
Transsolar Energietechnik GmbH Markus Krauss, Stuttgart, Germany, www.transsolar.com
The cooperative bank is committed to sustainable economic management for its members. This should also be reflected in the architecture. The building presents itself sustainably in all three categories: economically by the use of affordable, resource-sparing engineering like, e.g., the natural thermal updraft in the solar chimney; ecologically by, e.g., the reduction of space by up to 42% and thanks to an persuasive climate+energy concept. The primary energy consumption is about 70% below the directive specified by the EnEV (German Energy Saving Ordinance); the work climate (social dimension) has also changed for the better. The bright atrium is the communication centre of the building across different levels. Employees see more of each other, communicate more and spend more time together. Preferably in the cafeteria on the top floor with its lovely view across the historic district.
Die Genossenschaftsbank ist ihren Mitgliedern gegenüber zu nachhaltigem Wirtschaften verpflichtet, das der Neubau widerspiegelt. Nachhaltig präsentiert sich das Gebäude in allen drei Kategorien: ökonomisch durch den Einsatz kostengünstiger, ressourcenschonender Technik wie z.B. der Ausnutzung natürlicher Thermik mittels eines Solarkamins; ökologisch mit z.B. einer Flächenreduktion um bis zu 42% und mit einem überzeugenden Klimakonzept, wodurch der Primärenergieverbrauch ca. 70% unter der von der EnEV vorgegebenen Richtlinie liegt; sozial durch die Verbesserung des Betriebsklimas. Das lichthelle Atrium ist das Kommunikationszentrum des Hauses geworden – über verschiedene Ebenen hinweg. Die Mitarbeiter sehen sich häufiger, kommunizieren mehr und verbringen mehr Zeit miteinander. Am liebsten in der Kantine im obersten Stock mit schönem Blick über die Altstadt.
Yes we can! A major honor to be a part of the Team for such a great project – The Louvre Lens
Yes we can! C’est un grand honneur de faire partie de l’Equipe d’un si beau projet – Le Louvre Lens.
T. Auer: Smart facades are essential in order to develop buildings with better environmental quality and less demand for limited resources. There had been great accomplishments over the past decades; however it is still a long way to go. Considering embedded energy there is a requirement for new facades with potentially less glass, still providing all functions necessary for quality and to minimize or even replace mechanical systems.
Diesen und anderen Fragen stellt sich Thomas Auer:
Master planning and urban design has to be an iteractive process which connects space design, with infrastructure and building performance. Each of these areas have different metrics for measurement but each fundamentally influence the other. Climate Responsive city design seeks to connect these spheres of work and facilitate decision making that maximizes the metrics in all three spheres not just one.
One of the example metrics is outdoor comfort. Transsolar performs studies to highlight the impact of smart massing and landscape design in optimizing the comfort in the public space. Studies have shown that comfort in a public space are what brings people to a space. In this extreme summer in Bordeaux it is clear that there is an incredible increase in comfort (green and yellow) from the situation of wind being blocked on a dark parking lot like surface and shading with water features in the area. From only 5.2% of the hours being comfortable to over 85% of the hours. This highlights that smart design can improve conditions in the space.
We also look at how smart infrastructure can support cities. A strategy for improving insulation and changing the type of heating required allows for different heating sources. By using lower temperature sources the options for using renewable sources increases, the heat losses decrease and the overall efficiency greatly increase. Further showing how building performance, massing and smart infrastructure need to be connected.
We’re happy to introduce the very first Transsolar Academy class, the class of 2013/2014.
We welcomed the Fellows - an interdisciplinary group from 6 different countries - and started the studies on October 14.
We are still awaiting Eshita Rahman, Architect from Bangladesh to arrive, so unfortunately she is missing on the picture.
From left to right: Handan Gündogan - Civil Engineer from Turkey, Fadi Charaf - Civil Engineer from the Lebanon, Ramanathan Subramanian - Mechanical Engineer from India, Ahmad Nouraldeen – Architect from the Lebanon, Eslam Mahdy - Urban Planer from Egypt and Alpha Arsano – Architect from Ethiopia.
Ellis Park stadium, which has an electricity bill of just below R400 000 a month, could reduce its electricity consumption by up to 40% by implementing energy efficiency measures, German consulting firm Transsolar Energietechnik CE Professor Volkmar Bleicher said on Thursday.
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Young graduates of our academy, primarily from the "majority world," connect us to areas of the world where our impact has been negligible so far. Our goal is to gain knowledge and discover the opportunities that exist for climate engineering in their home countries. We also hope that our TS Academy fellows can increase their impact upon returning home by applying the knowledge and skills they gain through the year long program.
Design for Outdoor Comfort is a publication by Transsolar which was prepared for the exhibition "Please do not disturb" held at the AEDES Architekturforum, Berlin in 2012. A part of the publication is about "your favored place in the city". Thanks a lot to all participants.
Green & Sexy is a blog about sustainability in the built environment by Transsolar.
The building sector is responsible for almost 50% of all domestic CO2 emissions and energy use (Europe and North America) and has to reduce carbon emissions by 90% by 2050 (compared to 1990).
How is this possible? Collecting and connecting ideas to maximize impact is the goal of this blog.