Winner: Onyx Solar for Restoration Essen Custom Warehouse
Category requirements: A winner of this Award demonstrates good practice and innovation in delivering maintenance or refurbishment to a building successfully, ready for the future.
Project: The time lapse of this refurbishment is a visual feast, watching the old-world leaping into the future, as the 1902 Flemish Neo-Renaissance transhipment station breathes new life with 758m2 of
photovoltaic fins. This future-focused paragon of clean energy generates thermal and acoustic insulation as well as offsetting approximately 420 tons of CO2 and avoids 369 barrels of oil. It generates enough clean power to feed 1,230 light
points every day.
Disused from 1975 and listed as a monument in 2003, Essen Custom Warehouse will live again as an adaptable venue for industrial science training courses. The amorphous silicon glass creates the perfect blend of aesthetics and functionality, which was of primary importance as it is part of the Interreg Flanders-Netherlands European project to investigate making monuments more sustainable. Onyx Solar launched an initiative to plant a tree for every square metre of PV glass, and so 758 trees were planted in the Amazon forest as part of the restoration of Essen Custom Warehouse.
Architect business manager, Mr. Álvaro Valverde, understood the project's needs from the beginning, considering both the active and the passive properties of this restoration, the photovoltaic fins would be a solution for the building that ensured a clean installation.
"This photovoltaic skylight installation leads the way for refurbishment monuments to be made more sustainable. For us, it is a real pleasure that our innovation is once again awarded in the CABE awards." – Álvaro Valverde
The CABE Built Environment Awards are an annual event that works to celebrate and honour CABE members as well as the dedication of companies and people seeking to empower and transform the construction landscape through sustainability and outstanding use of design in construction. For members completing projects in 2020, please keep a look out early next year for news on submitting for the CABE Built Environment Awards 2021.