Project no. 212
J. C. Frens1, J. S. van Hulst2, and S. van Wieringen1
1TU/e Industrial Design, Eindhoven University of Technology
2TU/e Mechanical Engineering, Eindhoven University of Technology
Team CASA comprises of eighteen motivated TU/e bachelor and master students from over
seven different faculties working on the transition to sustainable living. Our mission is to
accelerate the energy transition by bringing together partners from the academic and
business world to integrate and innovate in the construction environment. We will set a new,
higher standard for all homes regarding Comfort, Affordability and Sustainability that can be
achieved with technologies available today: an Alternative for housing.
This first CASA is the kick-start of Brainport Smart District Brandevoort in the Netherlands.
The house has a central service core, this core not only provides accessible room for the
systems and installations, but is also constructive. This makes our wall units demountable
and modular. Demolition costs become residual value while all materials can be recycled
and leaves inhabitants free to renovate or design the house to fit their needs. The foundation
of the building is simultaneously a seasonal thermal energy storage, which stores the heat
gathered using thin-film Building Integrated PVT. Next to this, we create a healthy indoor
climate using ventilation with heat-recovery. Grid efficiency losses are prevented by using
DC wherever possible. To ensure these systems are affordable and scalable, an innovative
approach to the building process is key. By embracing SlimBouwen®, we bring flexibility,
reduction of volume, efficiency and sustainability to the building process. The homes will be
designed as turn-key prefab to reduce building costs, creating financial room for sustainable
technologies. The house at Brainport Smart District can provide us, our partners, and the
building market with many new insights after it is build. We can use it to optimize and
evaluate the technologies and systems within the home. This new knowledge can be used
to improve the design of our next projects. For instance, building a living lab on the TU/e
campus or scalability to a full district of social housing.
THE ENERGY TRANSITION
The existing building market is slow to adopt innovations, while the impact of the building
market is responsible for 36% of CO2 emissions in Europe (BPIE, 2011). The timeconsuming
conventional methods rely on bricks and concrete with a large embodied energy,
both due to transport and the inherently energy-intensive production methods. Meanwhile,
this makes inherently inflexible buildings that can only be demolished at the end of their
lifetime. Our design incorporates a steel frame with modular wall/floor/roof units. Allowing
precision-manufacturing. This reduces construction errors and man-hours, with significant
savings: up to 25% compared to traditional methods (Lichtenberg, 2005).
- BPIE. (2011). Europe's Buildings under the Microscope. October.
Lichtenberg, J. (2005). Slimbouwen. Eindhoven.
- Zulkepli et al. (2016). Analysis on the Performance of Copper Indium Gallium
Selenide (CIGS) Based Photovoltaic Thermal. EDP Sciences