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H2Otel: Water-Powered Hotel Planned for Amsterdam

by , 07/12/10

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Besides the innovative facade, the highly energy efficient building is centered around the use of water and oxy-hydrogen generators for heating, cooling, cooking and the generation of electricity. Additionally, rooms are monitored closely with an adaptive, sensor-based climate system that can be adjusted to accommodate the number of people in a room — if no one is present the air conditioning is shut off completely. This climate system helps to cut the building’s energy consumption by approximately 40%.

Besides the energy-efficient design, the hotel’s materials were chosen for their environmental friendliness and are either biodegradable or can be reused without loss of quality. The wooden lamellas are made from thermally-treated softwood. The project is currently on display at the National Design Triennial ‘Why Design Now?’ at the Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum in New York.

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+ Powerhouse Company

Via Arch Daily

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