Dutch Urban Housing Taps Geothermal

In the Netherlands, a Moerwijk housing estate will be partly removed over the next few years, making way for green urban renewal in the form of an energy-efficient  “social housing flat” that makes use of geothermal energy.

Part of the new urban plan of KCAP Architects, according to World Architecture News, the housing block along the Erasmusweg will be built according to low energy standards, with radiant heating, mechanical ventilation and heat exchangers to avoid unnecessary temperature losses. Heat will be provided via the earth, through geothermal vents that work with the differential between temperatures above and below ground at different times of the day.


image via World Architecture News

This housing block was designed by Netherlands architects Atelier Kempe Thill and features 81 gallery-access apartments and maisonette housing at the ground level, along with a strip of 27 terraced houses; the two buildings are connected with a parking garage at ground floor level will connect with the surrounding neighborhood through a semi-public deck on the top.

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Susan DeFreitas has covered all manner of green technology for EarthTechling since 2009. She is a graduate of Prescott College for the Liberal Arts and the Environment, and has a background in marketing green businesses. Her work on green living has been featured in Yes! Magazine, the Utne Reader and Natural Home.

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