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The building at the sharp edge of sustainability thanks to Tata Steel

10 June 2013 No Comment

This sharp, jutting structure isn’t just at the cutting-edge of technical training provision for students in Nijmegen, Holland – it’s also one of the coolest around thanks to its unique flooring which actively controls the building’s internal temperature.

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Top of the class for the building that heats and cools itself

The state-of-the-art Technovium facility, designed by architects AGS & Partners, features over 4,000m2 of ComFlor 80 Active composite floor decking, creating semi-floating floors which ensure clear, flowing open spaces in keeping with the building’s futuristic design.

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And it’s this look to the future which has shaped its sustainability. ComFlor 80 Active allows control of each room’s temperature without heavy reliance on carbon intensive fuels, thanks to a network of pipes within the flooring which provides a flow of cool or warm water.

Tata Steel heat things up under your feet in this educational hub

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The result is a self-regulating, energy-efficient ‘all-in-one’ cooling and heating system, combined with high comfort levels for the facility’s students from the thermally-activated, traditional concrete slab floors which span the structure.

Other benefits of the ComFlor 80 Active system include the need for less pipework and less structural steel in the creation of the building, giving significant cost savings.

This building’s flooring radiates sustainability

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At a time when the environmental impact of a building is becoming ever-more crucial, Technovium’s truly sustainable heating system is definitely in a class all of its own. Future structures definitely have a lot to learn from this incredible, modern educational hub.

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