Engineers from IB Kwadraat have bundled their strengths with Ballieux Organic Architects to develop a concept to optimize the interior environment of buildings. There are two components to the concept:
- A technical component: A connected system allowing the regulation of the airflow in separate areas to constantly optimize the quality of the air.
- An organic component: Applying a design of the interior and its vegetation to support the air regulation of the rooms in a sustainable fashion.
Plant-based design supporting technology
It is common knowledge that plants offer a positive effect on our interior climate. With this new approach from IB Kwadraat and BOA – combining technology with a plant-based design – we are able to measure the air quality on a molecular level and coordinate ventilation accordingly. These measurements however, also contribute to the design for the natural support system, namely: the plants.
We can preemptively determine which types of plants – and which quantities – are necessary to be a significant contribution to the interior climate control. By applying vegetation and designing from a nature-oriented perspective, the technological system can be limited in size. The result is an optimization of the interior air quality, creating a healthier indoor environment which leads to higher productivity, more efficient work and lower costs.
Step-by-step from measurement to design
The journey to a cleaner and healthier interior climate does not have to be long. Based on the following steps we create healthier indoor spaces.
Step 1: Indoor Environment Scan, measuring the interior environment.
IB Kwadraat is a licensed user of the NASA-approved instrument that measures the quality and composition of an interior climate. This scan provides us with a clear and concise result on the qualitative state of our interior environment and shows the steps necessary to improve it to achieve maximum quality.
Step 2: Design, analysis-based design concept
Based on the interior environment scan we develop several design concepts for a sustainable optimization of the relevant indoor areas. This is a combination of technology (such as installations, filters and wall units with temperature and air monitors) on the on hand and a supportive plant-based design on the other.
Step 3: Actualization, concept development and final design
This stage requires a definitive choice for one of the presented designs which in turn will be worked out down to the details. The planning and budgeting of the project will be presented and the implantation is at hand.
Step 4: Monitoring and fine-tuning
After implementing the plan, several more measurements will take place to map the results and fine-tune the design. All in all, four steps that can change polluted interiors into healthy, clean and striking indoor areas within 4 to 8 months.