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CREMATORY ‘STUIFDUIN’ NEXT TO THE CEMETERY ‘CENTRUM LOMMEL’

Lommel, Belgium, Europe

Sector Urban planning
Project status completed
Location Lommel, Belgium, Europe
Execution October 2016 - February 2018
Architect a2o architecten cvba, Vissersstraat 2, 3500 Hasselt, BE
Study December 2015 - September 2016
GFA 3,000 m2
Scope MEP / Sustainable advice / Overheating simulations
Intervention Construction
Client Pontes, Jules Moretuslei 2, 2610 Antwerp, BE

Total technical installation cost: 1.910.174,21 € VAT excluded

Total construction cost:7.300.000,00 € VAT excluded

K-level: 35

E-levell: 55

Certification: Ecodesign 2018

 

The city of Lommel commissioned the building of ‘Stuifduin’ the new community crematorium and funeral home (remaining adjacent to the cemetery). The crematorium will reduce the need for residents to travel far to other cities in order to bid farewell to their loved ones.

Nature plays a crucial role in the design, opting for an architecture where nature is central.  The building is transparent and blends with the surrounding landscape of existing pine forest and sandy dunes. As a result, the windows utilized have a low g-value to reduced and limit solar gains. The remaining cooling load is eliminated by adiabatic cooling.

Cremation processes inherently not only require significant energy to operate, but they also produce a significant amount of heat.  In order to optimize the entire operation, it was necessary to look at the energy requirements, and to study the energy generated that could be recuperated and put to use.

 

Residual heat produced is recuperated 100% and utilized to heat the rest of the funeral home. The funeral home facility (memorial service auditoriums, smaller private condolence rooms and coffee rooms) often experience variable occupation levels, which require a quick and adequate delivery system for heating and cooling. To save energy, the air flow is controlled according to occupancy levels of the different areas.

 

 

Sustainable Features

comfort
comfort
reuse rainwater
reuse rainwater
water management
water management
heat recovery
heat recovery
insulation
insulation
waste management
waste management
PV panels
PV panels
passive cooling
passive cooling
glazing
glazing
ecological materials
ecological materials