The renovated Atlas building on the TU/e campus will be officially opened in March.
The renovation of the characteristic building was completed in November last year. Important improvements were made in the area of sustainability. Atlas is now the fifth building on the campus lacking a gas connection.
WKO or GSHP
WKO, Warmte-Koude-Opslag, is the Dutch name for GSHP. This technique uses a central heating and/or cooling system which transfers heat to or from the ground.
As this technique may have an impact on the environment, it is not allowed to be used everywhere in the Netherlands. Nevertheless, TU/e has one of the largest WKO or GSHP installations in Europe.
The renovated Atlas building will also serve as a testing ground. ILI, the Intelligent Lighting Institute, will use this building as a live laboratory for research and testing with intelligent lighting. The institute will specifically investigate which lighting concept will best counteract ‘winter depressions’.
The renovation of the Atlas building was partly funded with financial help from the European Union.
The building should now be the most sustainable educational building in the world. It will be an important example of sustainable renovation as well.
The official opening will take place on 21 March.
Source: Studio 040