Comfort cooling residential buildings in Amsterdam Houthaven district
Sustainable district heating and comfort cooling for newly built apartments in the Amsterdam Houthaven district.
Location : Amsterdam district Houthaven
Progress / Due date : in progress (cold plant operational and cold distribution network in place / 2020
Replication : this project can be applied anywhere where river cold is available.
About ten years ago the City of Amsterdam decided the Houthaven district had to become a 100% climate neutral area. The entire energy demand of the new-build homes, offices, school and other buildings had to be as sustainable as possible, based on the principle of ‘trias energetica’. Back then the city believed cooling would be in high demand for comfortable living. So it decided that all newly-build apartments had to be connected to a central cooling system. That’s how the idea for the comfort cooling system – a plant pumping cold water out of the river IJ in winter and storing the cold for cooling apartments during hot summer days – was born. In addition the apartments were connected to the city heat system in which heat is generated by the waste-to-energy plant AEB.
Combining the sustainable cooling and city heat system, every home in the Houthaven district emits 80 % less CO2-emission than apartments using a boiler and air-conditioning. But, more importantly, it creates comfortable living.
[In Dutch] An article by Duurzaam Nieuws, Houthaven
De aansluiting op stadsverwarming, waarvoor Afval Energiebedrijf Amsterdam (AEB Amsterdam) de warmte levert, vormt het voorlopige sluitstuk van de duurzame energievoorziening in de toonaangevende wijk, die nu helemaal energieneutraal is. [2018, August 7]
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