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Eco Education Slunakov Center Uses Passive Design
Posted By Alexandra Kain On March 9, 2009 @ 10:30 am In Architecture,green roof,Sustainable Building | 1 Comment
Situated on the outskirts of the ancient town of Olomouc in the eastern Czech Republic , Slunakov  is a center for ecological and educational activities that acts as a gateway to the Litovelske Pomoravi  natural reserve. Inspired by the shape of a solar eclipse, the beautiful biocenter is built along the curve of the land  and takes full advantage of passive design  by employing a southern facade of windows with adjustable blinds.
A beacon for ecological architecture, Slunakov  supports public environmental awareness programs and acts as an information center for the nature preserve its built upon. The eastern side of the center is buried into the ground, allowing vegetation to form a verdant green roof  that functions as a garden area for visitors. The sunny southern hall houses residential areas, offices, and a dining room, while the building’s essential appliances are located along the cooler northern hall.
Constructed almost entirely from sustainably harvested wood , glass and unburnt brick, the center maintains a natural look and feel throughout. In addition to its energy-saving  passive design , the building utilizes a variety of active systems to provide heat for the 4 months of the year that it is needed. Heat is recovered from appliances, generated by biomass sources , and solar thermal panels are used for water and space heating. Geothermal  heat exchangers provide climate control and ventilation by moving warm and cool air in and out of the building as necessary, and the building also has 2 wood pellet furnaces for chilly winter workshops.
Designed by Prague-based studio Projektil Architekti , Slunakov was completed in 2006
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URLs in this post:
 Image: http://www.inhabitat.com/?p=19814
 Czech Republic: http://www.trycards.com/calling-cards/Czech%20Rep.
 Slunakov: http://www.projektil.cz/en/realizace/slunakov/
 Litovelske Pomoravi: http://www.litovelskepomoravi.ochranaprirody.cz/index.php?lang=en
 curve of the land: http://www.inhabitat.com/2009/01/30/llorenc-house-eneseis-arquitectura/
 passive design: http://www.inhabitat.com/2009/01/15/passive-houses-in-germany/
 green roof: http://www.inhabitat.com/2009/02/12/hof-house-by-studio-granada-architects/
 sustainably harvested wood: http://www.inhabitat.com/2008/11/05/woodloops-fsc-certified-furniture/
 energy-saving: http://www.bearflag.org/tag/solar-energy/
 biomass sources: http://www.inhabitat.com/2008/09/08/dutch-harvest-chicken-manure-to-power-90000-homes/
 Geothermal: http://www.inhabitat.com/2008/12/10/heerlen-minewater-project/
 Projektil Architekti: http://www.projektil.cz/en/
 + Projektil Architekti: http://www.projektil.cz/cz/
 Dezeen : http://www.dezeen.com/2009/02/23/slunakov-by-projektil-architekti/
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