Climate change continues to be a pressing issue, and it has become one of the most persistent issues of the 21st century. Governments have attempted to minimise the effects of climate change. However, little progress has been made. The earth is still warming up, the emission of gasses is higher than ever before, and water levels keep rising. Most CO2 emissions in the building industry are caused by the usage of concrete. This particular industry is already accountable for 5 percent of global CO2 emission. (Rubenstein, 2012) If government are not able to solve these problems, engineers now face the challenge to turn this around. (Architizer Editors, 2014)
In light of the pressing issues of climate change, the assignment for this design asked for a building envelope for a luxurious sustainable hotel room no larger than 40 square metres. A sustainable design has been defined as a design where energy is generated through luminescent solar concentrators (LSC’s) and regular solar panels for the purposes of electricity and heating. This sustainable technology will not only be implemented in the hotel room, but in the whole building. Furthermore, the emphasis of the design is on light, ventilation, energy performance and glazing types so that a sustainable hotel room can be created.
Architizer Editors. (2014, October). The Future Is Green: Architecture + Sustainability. Retrieved from http://architizer.com/blog/architecture-plus-sustainability/
Rubenstein, M. (2012, May 09). Emissions from the Cement Industry. Retrieved from http://blogs.ei.columbia.edu/2012/05/09/emissions-from-the-cement-industry/