Postgraduate Diploma in Design – OP Student Village 3D Model
Industrialization and population growth being two main factors threatening the planet have contributed to an increase in energy demand. The Paris agreement emphasises the need to change and implement sustainable and transformative policies to address the issue. Literature evidences quote that Commercial and residential buildings alone account for 40% of primary energy consumption and 70% of electricity usage. So, as an architect I believe it is about time that future designers must minimize the use of energy and carbon emitting technologies and revive solutions to sustain our beautiful planet. It has been acknowledged that implementing “Net-Zero Energy Building (nZEB)” in the building sector, accounts for more than 25% of the national emissions and has a great potential to reduce energy consumption and Carbon emissions. The increasing rate of urbanization in recent decades has seen an accelerated trend in construction of high-rise and tall buildings worldwide, which will have higher energy demands and insufficient roof space to generate the required energy. This is the prime reason for considering façade to achieve Net Zero. So, utilizing the Otago Polytechnic Student Village in Dunedin as a case study, this research investigates the retrofit of systems that will turn the building complex into a nZEB. Different façade integrated technology solutions have been investigated to increase site-based energy generation.
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