With urbanization in a growing world, cities are
expanding exponentially. The increase of
buildings in cities only adds to the already strained
problem of climate change and city pollution.
Our proposal examines how energy plays a role
in carbon emission, and how alternative, more
eco-friendly materials can be used in the
construction of buildings.
Design an interconnected green building block with a mix of residential, industrial, and commercial space that operates on solar energy, alongside providing for water treatment, recycling, internet access, and public recreational facilities
Project TERMINUS will utilize present technologies that will all be amalgamated together to produce a modern marvel.A building designed to incorporate technologies which are deemed helpful and reduces the production of commercial and industrial waste.
The general shape of the complex is to be a hexagon, with each vertex being a tower. Each building shall contain two floors of commercial space, ten floors of residential space, with four apartment units on each floor, and one floor of underground industrial space. The windows are located in the sun’s trajectory to ensure proper lighting without excessive need of artificial lighting. While the tops of the buildings may allow for solar panels to work throughout the day, the angle of the sun only allows for about 4 hours of power yielded cumulatively, on a general principle. However, the sheer amount of solar panelling should be sufficient to provide energy during summertime, while excess energy may be stored for wintertime. The buildings should ideally be placed at the outskirts of a city, in order for there to be room to expand, and that larger buildings do not obstruct the solar panels. For this reason, the buildings are only fourteen stories high.
The buildings will be composed of recycled steel framing, which lowers the carbon footprint of construction.The walls will be composed of concrete with insulation. Although concrete is not ideal for heat preservation, insulation has grown cheaper over time and should be sufficient. In terms of solar power generation, each building can mount approximately 22,500 ft² of solar panels on its roof. The two polar buildings can mount approximately 5,400 ft2 vertically and 3,000 ft2 horizontally. For the other four buildings, these numbers rise to 8,100 ft2 vertically and 4,500 ft2 horizontally. Therefore, a total of 202,200 ft2 of solar panels can be mounted. Using approximately 15W/hour generated as a baseline, and 4 hours of direct sunlight cumulative we get 12,132 kWh per day. In a year, this becomes 4,428,180 kWh. With 40 households in each building, and 240 in total, using 10,766 kWh per year on average, only 2,583,840 kWh would be required. Therefore, we can save 1,844,340 kWh per year.