Ecological passive school Emile Bockstael

Architect: Nimptsch Architekten (D)
Client: Ville de Bruxelles - Département d'Urbanisme
Advisors: VK Engineering (techniques, acoustics and building physics), NEY+ partners (stability) Location: Laken
Surface: 3466 m²
Timing: 2007 - 2014 
Budget: € 5.575.000 
Status: realized 

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Project Support I Collaboration

The passive concept is the result of an intense interaction between technical installation designs, architectural designs and stability. On the one hand, sustainable techniques were chosen that limit the energy consumption, for example, the variable ventilation flow. On the other hand, as many as possible renewable energy sources were chosen, such as soil and the sun. The building is constructed of solid wood. This fits in with the cradle-to-cradle principle whereby the maximal use of regrowth materials is encouraged. The fixed sun protection is also designed in wood, continuously taking into account the architectural appearance of the building. Other important materials in the building have been chosen following the NIBE classification.

The primary school was recently used in HABITER as a practical example of innovative sustainable construction. Read more

Bureau Bouwtechniek is responsible for the complete construction-technical support of Nimptsch Architects from the tendering phase. BB is responsible for technical assistance during the design process, the layout of the implementation plans, the blueprint of constructional specifications and estimates. BB leads the monitoring of the implementation.

Team BB: prof. arch. Jan Moens, ir. arch. Marleen Meulenbergs