Assisted mixed community resource and housing building for young people equipped with Energy Efficiency Management SystemAND Didactic System I3CON. Located in Margaritas 52, Madrid, Spain
Implementing this project has meant that the EMVS has developed a new Mixed Community Resource and Housing Building concept suitable for brown sites such as those formerly occupied by old city cleaning equipment depot located in the downtown area of Madrid. The additional advantage of the project having provided parking spaces for the area residents has also improved the mobility of the neighborhood, and having relocated the cleaning equipment facilities minimizes the impact of such infrastructure while enormously improving its operativity. A very important aspect of the project has been verifying the economic viability of building a collective housing building equipped with geothermal climatization systems within the framework of protected housing. The geothermal climatization system linked to the use of the inertial capacity of the land and to inertial climatization equipment is not proposed as an accessory to conventional climatization systems, but as a complete functional alternative that is much more efficient in terms of consumption, energy costs and very competitive in terms of installation costs.
In addition, the two first tiers of the “UrbanEnergy Mangement” project, developed within the framework of the “Connected Urban Development (CUD)” initiative for actively cooperating in reducing carbon emissions in urban environments have been implemented in this building and thus unifying the policies of integration, innovation and sustainability in different fields of application.
The "Didactic I3CON System" aims to promote sustainable self-management for housing, by means of information and alerts to the user about the energy and water consumption and indoor climate. It is a system developed within the European R & D I3CON- Industrialized Construction, Integrated and Intelligent, consisting of 25 European partners from 14 countries, and is co-financed by the European Commission, Framework Program 6 (FP&).
Making the idea of using spaces occupied by municipal equipment to provide the infrastructure needs of under-serviced areas in the central area of Madrid was the first step. This policy, greatly demanded by the citizens - provides infrastructures and services to this area, particularly housing for underprivileged groups and parking lots for area residents that are essential to recover the functionality of consolidated urban areas. The starting impulse came from the top down by an action decided by the Municipal Corporation.
The first step was to study and resolve agreements between the
Environmental Area owner and manager of the existing facilities and
the Space Planning and Housing Area responsible for managing and
implementing the new development. Thanks to the cooperation and
involvement of the heads of both areas new sites were allocated in
key downtown areas to pursue the project.
To resolve the planning viability of a mixed construction having
the three services and infrastructures offered to assisted rentals,
cleaning services and resident parking to be built on land zoned
for municipal services a new space planning interpretation model
was conceived and agreed.
Researching and developing a new building typology that addresses the functional, environmental and architectural requirements for the various uses (housings, services and parking) and designing a new typology for this temporary housing model for the young were important stages. The characteristics of this special temporary housing for low income young people were defined in a parallel manner with significant contributions from social services.
Following EMVS guidelines and the initiative of the project design team the project was guided by strict energy efficiency, low consumption, adjusted energy demand and climatization services based on renewable energies criteria. It was thought necessary that a building conceived for young people should provide a complete experience in managing its climatization systems, energy consumption and emissions, and to this end an important innovative component was introduced in the form of an integrated solar catchment and geothermal heat exchanger with heat pump as the sole source of energy for climatization and hot sanitary water production. The two other projects included– control system implementation and interactive interface to manage the climatization systems –offer the user not only the possibility to control comfort parameters but to receive data and instructions to optimize consumption and reduce emissions.
The EMVS social services monitor the Young Housing Plan, particularly during implementation, development and results.
Also, the two first levels of the “UrbanEnergy Mangement” as the “Didactic System I3CON” projects have been implemented to bring together integration, innovation and sustainability policies in different application fields.