The Intelligent Solar Roof at Erasmus University
Paul de Ruiter Architects have unveiled their designs for the Erasmus University’s studentpavilion that aims to remain energy neutral in its operation. Designedto be built in Rotterdam in The Netherlands, the pavilion will serve as a place to meet, relax and study. The project makes use of the sun’slight and energy to reduce the overall energy demands.
Moreover, the roof of the structure features a system of intelligent solar panels, which allow natural light to filter through the entireinterior. The architects have also ensured that the placement andorientation of skylights is such that direct sunlight and overheating is avoided. The project also features the use of a geothermal heat pump, a thermally active concrete core that serves as thermal mass and minimaluse of materials.
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