Posted: 2012-03-22, in category: Uncategorized
The concept of sustainable architecture was used as a starting point in the construction of two innovative, high performance and energy efficient structures. The completed buildings both situated in Belgium, demonstrate the technologies developed and introduced by Dow Corning and comprise of a 32,000m2 distribution centre at Feluy, and a research facility at Seneffe. Both buildings were designed to incorporate advanced technical applications and address new eco-friendly construction demands.
The main entrance of the distribution centre is glazed with a transparent structural silicone adhesive [TSSA], created for point fixing within glazing and highly effective in extending a building’s durability and efficiency. This is due to characteristics such as thermal stability, transparency, adhesion and weather-ability. The building has benefited from large glazed window areas allowing greater penetration of light and increased thermal capacity. Other energy efficient additions to this building include an advanced silicone coating on wall and floor joints, extra roof insulation and heat recovery installation. Natural light has been maximised with roof lights, motion lighting controls and the facility for solar panel installation.
The second building is the SEED research centre incorporating technical innovations allowing use of clean energy sources. Vacuum Insulation Panels [VIP] cover the structure displaying a super thin profile whilst delivering optimum thermal insulation. Building Integrated Photovoltaic technology is also demonstrated by the use of PV modules which act as sunscreens for the windows, negating the need for internal coolers, and doubling as energy generators. As a result, projected heating and electricity costs are expected to be lower than conventional construction costs by 75% and 70% respectively.
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