The new Veldhuizerschool in Ede had to use up to 80% less energy by using passive resources. The fully energy-efficient school is built according to the standards of passive construction.
The Solatube Ø 35 cm ECO is equipped with an additional dome, insulation lens and insulated roof flashing. As a result, insulation values of up to 0.7 W / m²K are achieved, making it suitable for passive construction. This contributes to a significant reduction in energy consumption. Moreover, it has been scientifically proven that daylight entry contributes to improved school performance of the children. Daylight provides more ability to concentrate, a better mood, more productivity, less disease and it reduces errors.
The biggest challenge of the assignment was to not let the bulky new building drown out the characteristic monastery. This has been solved by designing several small-scale buildings with classrooms the same length as the height of the existing monastery. In addition, the following design criteria had to be achieved;
- Realizing a healthy indoor climate;
- Sustainable building;
- Sustainability in the partners; education program.
Naturally, daylight entry could not be missed when realizing the aforementioned criteria. The choice was made for a total of 26 Nr Ø 35 cm Solatubes of which 12 Nr were installed into a flat roof and 14Nr into a tiled roof. This way of lighting is not only energy-efficient, but daylight is also proven to improve students levels of concentration.
The realization of a passive house within the historic architectural context. In some rooms it was not possible to install windows due to visibility over the neighbouring properties. Another possibility was therefore sought for daylight entry.
The Solatube systems provide a lot of light without heat transfer, whilst also protecting privacy.
Solatube daylight systems are an ingenious option for extra daylight in passive houses. A passive house with lots of natural light makes a relaxing place to live.