BUILDINGS produce about 18 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions and, in the future, more challenges in connection with the design of climate-friendly buildings are expected.
An example of projects to reduce greenhouse gases through modern architecture is the Bayer “EcoCommercial Building”, a construction concept for zero emissions from the business sector which can be achieved in all climatic zones. The Slovak arm of Bayer introduced the concept in Bratislava in May.
“Adapting architecture to local climatic conditions is not a new idea,” said Ruediger Usch, a project expert of Bayer. “However, we connected it to the possibilities of the latest materials and hi-tech control of lighting and IT.”
Modern calculating methods can be used to quantify energy requirements of these buildings before they are constructed and permit development of individually-tailored solutions for any region in the world. Currently, Bayer experts are building two EcoCommercial buildings in different corners of the world – one in India and one in Monheim, Germany.
The building in India will have about 40 employees and Bayer’s calculations show that a sufficient “environmental investment” required for a building like this will return its investment in less than ten years.
A nursery school being built for children of Bayer’s employees in Monheim should be finished in October and it can serve as the best example of how similar projects can be implemented in Slovakia.
What makes the Monheim construction unique is that it is the first project of an EcoCommercial building developed by Bayer and its partners in Europe and it can be operated with complete neutrality towards the climate, covering its own energy needs without creating carbon dioxide emissions and with optimal insulation.