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Official opening of Vaartstraat in Leuven

At the end of September, the Vaartstraat #94 project was officially opened by Leuven mayor Louis Tobback; this is a student housing development, comprising some 256 rooms in a former office building which was completely retained and converted by architects Jaspers-Eyers, developers Virix and energy and engineering firm VK.
The project was developed in close collaboration with the Catholic University of Leuven (KUL) and meets the university’s high quality standards.

The highest standards were also incorporated in terms of energy use. VK points out that the original objective of E30, corresponding to a ‘nearly-zero energy building’ (NZEB) according to the Flemish regulations for residential buildings, was subsequently raised to the completely energy neutral E0. In the first instance, many passive measures were applied to keep the energy demand at a minimum, including excellent insulation and an optimal glazing percentage. The remaining energy demand is met through renewable energy. The most important source of renewable energy for Vaartstraat #94 is the sun. On the roof, thermal solar collectors generate hot water and photovoltaic panels return electricity. A great deal of attention was also paid to the acoustics of the building.

| 26/09/2014

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