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Macro Micro Studio: A Prototype Energy Autonomous Laboratory

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Neil Burford


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In 2011, the Departments of Architecture, Physics and Engineering began the developmentof a small Passivhaus standard, renewable energy self-sufficient studio at the University BotanicalGardens in Dundee. The prototype was conceived as an experimental, integrated technical platformto monitor the performance of an ultra-low-energy consumption, energy positive building in theScottish climate, and understand user behaviour in relation to managing energy in-use and reducingoccupant’s energy consumption. The building fabric has been constructed using regional sustainablematerials, including a low-thermal bridging timber kit relying on Scottish small cross-section timberand a novel foam concrete (air entrained) slab foundation. While further work is required to completethe installation of the renewable energy system, predictive modelling indicates that energy autonomycan be largely achieved. With the recent introduction of the new Passivhaus 2009 criteria in October2015, this project provides an insight into the practical application of an autarkic energy system in anorthern European climate. The following paper describes the research rationale, the processes anddecision making in the development of the formal and technical design of the building and discussesour current thinking in the design and quantification of the energy system.

Publication metadata

Artist(s): Burford NK, Rodley D, Reynolds S

Publication type: Artefact

Publication status: Published

Year: 2016

Description: Building Artefact

Venue: University Botanic Gardens

Location: Dundee

Type of Work: Creative practice output via the construction of a building demonstrator

Short Title: Macro Micro Studio: A Prototype Energy Autonomous Laboratory

Alternate Title: Macro Micro Studio

Notes: Creative practice output widely published via a significant journal paper, two conference papers, peer reviewed exhibitions.