Faculty’s research proposals granted half a million euros worth of funding

News - 17 November 2015

Get ready for aesthetically pleasing renovations and the return of ‘trombe walls’ for STW awarded the proposals lead by Vincent Gruis and Martin Tenpierik a whopping quarter of a million.

The grants were issued as part of the "Research Through Design" program; the first STW program that specifically focuses on design-related research. The following two researches proposals were granted funding

Double Face 2.0

Dr.ir. M.J. Tenpierik, M. Turrin 
The research Double Face 2.0 will focus on revitalising the very old heating concept of a ‘trombe wall.’ Saving up all the warmth of the sun during the day, this passive system releases this warmth during the colder evenings, providing large scale, sustainable heating for households, not to mention lower energy bills. Within the traditonal trombe wall system however, sunlight has to be fully withheld from entering through the wall, resulting in dark interiors: a charactics not particually favourable for housing projects and the main reason this system is not widley used. Combining a variety of new techniques as 3D-printing, phase changing materials, and aerogels, this researchers will create a system which has the same thermal properties as a traditional trombe wall, but is transparent, diminishing its main problem.

Beyond the Current: User preference tested design solutions for energy efficient housing renovation

Prof.dr. ir. V.H. Gruis, Prof.dr. M.F. Asselbergs, prof.dr. A. van den Dobbelsteen in collaboration with Dr. I. Opstelten (Hogeschool Utrecht)
The design of energy-saving solutions for homes these days mainly revolve around terraced houses. However - particular in larger cities - there is a great need for attractive and affordable solutions for other types of housing, as post-war apartment buildings and monuments. Moreover, current solutions are mainly developed by contractors, aimed at professional clients. The emphasis often seems to be on technological achievements, not on aesthetics, cultural heritage or the preferences of the users. The project Beyond The Current will lead to new design possibilities for renovating homes that are not classified as a terraced house. The researchers will develop virtual 3D models of their design and test its attractiveness to users.