House of solidarity UNMS
Brussel, Belgium, Europe
The “House of Solidarity” has been completely renovated in order to optimize it energetically. It houses several modular landscape offices, flexible meeting rooms, an auditorium for 500 people, a refectory and a parking area with 80 places as well as technical rooms.
The following measures were taken:
- The façade is a combination of full façade sections and glazing which was chosen to limit heat loss but to maintain plenty of natural daylight.
- A high-performance airtightness to guarantee an efficient energy level (even if this is not imposed by the EPB legislation)
- The installation of external sun protection to limit overheating and the external factors during the summer and to maintain them to the maximum during the winter.
- Limiting the ventilation losses through the use of air handling units with a high efficiency heat exchanger.
- Use of condensing gas boilers of which the efficiency is maximized by heat production on a low temperature regime.
- Use of reversible radiation ceilings on a low temperature regime that function both in heating mode and cooling mode.
- Use of light-sensitive detectors, to maximize the use of natural light and minimize the use of (unnecessary) artificial light
- Use of automatic tap work to optimize the city water that needs to be used.