Bridgette Meinhold

Energy Efficient Ivy-Trimmed Campus Aarhus N Officially Opens in Denmark

by , 10/13/11

Campus Arhus N, Schmidt Hammer Lassen, via university, sustainable campus, green building, eco university, daylighting, living facade

A specialty Variable Air Volume (VAV) technology manages the movement of natural ventilation and automatically adjusts depending on the number of people in the room and the desired temperature. With all the energy efficient measures the building will operate with an annual energy consumption of 75 kWh per square meter, which is 20 percent below the level required by the Danish building regulations. A rooftop solar system will supplement some of the energy use.

Water use will be minimized with water efficient fixtures throughout the building. Green roofs will act to insulate the roof and collect rainwater, which is used for irrigation of the building’s green facade. The ivy-trimmed living facade provides solar protection for the structure and creates a pleasant microclimate around the building. Landscaping, which surrounds the building, is used to enrich the campus experience and a variety of activity and sensory gardens have been planted. Parking areas have been paved with grass and the remaining areas on the rural campus will become flowery meadows.

+ Schmidt Hammer Lassen

Images ©Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects

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