Livestock farmers

Pig stable Echten in Gassel

Pig farmer Achten from Gassel had a new stable built for his pigs. The building was designed according to the current requirement with regard to working conditions and a good living environment for breeding sows.

Issue

The owner wanted the new shed to meet the requirements of the "Sustainable Livestock Farming" (MDV). Thanks to its measures, an MDV house contributes to animal health, animal welfare and making livestock farming more sustainable. In addition, the measures promote corporate social responsibility (CSR) in the agricultural sector. To achieve the required points for the MDV, sufficient daylight entry into the barn is one of the requirements.

Direct sunlight through vertical windows was out of the question, due to solar heat gain in the summer and heat loss in the winter. As a result, the indoor climate of the stable is disrupted, which causes great turmoil to the pigs.

Solution

Solatube was chosen, as with this system the daylight is indirectly brought into the barn through reflective tubes and diffused across the shed. Also, Solatube daylight systems have good thermal properties, which ensures that the indoor climate remains optimal for the pigs. This means there is no risk of heat stress, which is important to maintain peace in the stables. In addition, the working conditions for the staff has improved. Due to, among other things, the adjustment of daylight entry, the stable receives the DMV certificate, whereby the farmer can participate in the MIA and Vamil tax schemes.

Customer comments

It is nice to be in the sunlight all day and I want our breeding sows to lack nothing. The five weeks in this delivery room must be as pleasant as possible for the sows. For example, we have invested in climate control so that the sows and piglets are in a pleasant living environment. As a farmer, I feel more comfortable in this stable than in the other room without Solatubes. This is a house to be proud of.

Lindepluim in Lettele

Lindepluim in Lettele had two new, modern chicken houses built for free-range chickens.

Issue

The houses must be arranged in such a way that with an outside daylight illuminance of 1200 lux, only 20 lux of daylight is provided indoors. In addition, the house must also be able to be darkened.

Solution

Based on a calculated light plan, 14 Solatube daylight systems were installed per house. The systems provide an average of 20 lux daylight throughout the house. A dark period can be created at any time by sliding blanking covers over the systems. The Solatube system achieves high thermal insulation values ​​and savings on energy bills for artificial lighting.

Customer comments

Our new chicken houses have been approved by various authorities. The abundance of daylight that comes in through the Solatubes contributes to the health and well-being of our chicks.

Pig stable in Leunen

The stables of Maatschap van Kempen are located in Leunen. The company is affiliated with "The Pig of Tomorrow". This initiative focuses on the three themes of animal welfare, the environment, and people and health.

Issue

The minimum requirement of 2% daylight area set by Maatlat Duurzame Veehouderij was already achieved by a window strip. For the employees and the animals it is more pleasant to have more and more natural light in the departments. Translucent panels were not an option, as they eventually turn green and therefore allow less light to pass through.

Solution

Several Solatube Ø 53 cm systems have been placed in the stables. During the day, artificial light is no longer needed and Van Kempen saves on its energy bill. By making use of the composite roof panels, the systems fit perfectly with the roof and any potential for leaks is prevented. Due to the special coating on the dome, the Solatube daylight systems require no maintenance.

Customer comments

In the departments with the Solatubes it is more pleasant for the animals and the people who work there. Only in the winter are the sows still checked in the morning with the fluorescent lighting on. The rest of the day with us the TL's and there is plenty of light through the Solatubes. The Solatubes provide pleasantly diffused light.

Children's farm the Wilgenhof

At the De Wilgenhof children's farm in Rotterdam, visitors are introduced to a variety of farm animals. The farm also has school gardens and a lesson centre.

Issue

Various measures have been taken in recent years to make the city farm more sustainable. Solar panels have been installed for generating electricity and plants have been installed on the roof of the training centre for insulation and water storage.

The lofts of the animal shelters had small windows, so little daylight came in. However, direct sunlight should be avoided as this can cause heat stress. A suitable alternative was sought to keep the heat in and cold out of the shelters.

Solution

The Solatube daylight systems bring healthy diffused daylight into the living quarters of the animals. At the same time, the tubes have a high insulation value, which ensures minimal temperature differences. In addition, the farm saves on its energy bill, because the artificial lighting only comes on when visitors are in the shelters.

Customer comments

What I mainly noticed is that extra daylight is good for the welfare of the animals. An additional advantage is that the visitors also feels more comfortable in the living quarters of the animals.

Riding school the Nieuwe Heuvel

The Nieuwe Heuvel in Lunteren expanded the equestrian centre and stallion farm in 2013 with an EU station. By complying with the latest requirements for EU certification, sperm from all stallions can now be frozen and sent all over the world.

Issue

One of the requirements of the EU certification is that contact with the outside world must be avoided to prevent diseases. By placing large windows around the courtyard, visitors now have the opportunity to view the stallions. To have sufficient daylight in the stables, a street light was initially provided. In combination with the glass wall, however, this would create sparkle; both unpleasant for the horses and the visitors.

Solution

18 Solatube daylight systems have been installed in the stables that disperse diffused daylight. The Solatubes are combined with a lighting fixture, so that light comes from the same system both during the day and in the evening. Due to the high insulation values ​​of the Solatube system, the thermal envelope of the building is retained keeping the stables warm in the winter and cool in the summer.

Customer comments

The result is great. The Solatubes are neatly finished and give a very light result. Also in the evening it looks nice because of the combination with the lamps.

Zandvliet Stud Farm

Horses that perform at an international level deserve the best light available in the stable, so why not natural daylight? Zandvliet Stud Farm has established its stables in a beautiful building, with rooms for staff above it. There has been a wish for some time to get daylight into the stables, but until recently this was considered impossible.

Issue

There are several apartments above the stables. These must remain habitable, but the daylight must be transported down through them. It is therefore a challenge to position the Solatubes in such a way that the daylight reaches the desired location in the stables without obstructing the apartments above.

Solution

The 6 Solatubes Ø 53 cm have been positioned correctly using a precise lighting plan. In the apartment they are nicely concealed using a conversion. In the stable they perfectly enter the aisle, just in front of the stables. In this way the horses benefit optimally from the daylight.

Sheepfold Edese Heide

A traditional style sheepfold has been built on the Edese Heide. Environmental friendliness, hygiene and animal welfare are of paramount importance to the Edese Schaapskudden foundation and its shepherds.

Issue

Daylight is important for sheep. Especially in the winter when the sheep are indoors all day, the entry of daylight is indispensable. However, the sheepfold has traditional, small windows. As a result, too little daylight comes in for optimum living comfort for the animals and a healthy working environment for the herders.

Solution

Five Solatube Ø 35 cm daylight systems ensure that sufficient daylight enters the sheepfold. This sustainable solution ensures that artificial lighting can stay off during the day. The small Solatube skylights on the roof are hardly noticeable so that the distinctive character of the sheepfold is retained.

Customer comments

Thanks to the Solatubes, space is illuminated in an environmentally friendly way. The artificial lighting does not have to come on as often. I notice that the daylight is pleasant for the sheep and for me to work in.

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