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From 2020, the energy consumption of buildings will be nearly zero (NZEB). But do we know how to achieve it?

Holedeck and Uponor have developed HOLEDECK ACTIVE BASIC an innovative thermally-activated concrete slab, result of the research project carried out with the participation of ¨Holedeck¨, the ¨Spanish Institute of Cement and its applications¨ and ¨Eduardo Torroja Institute of Building Sciences¨.

This Holedeck lightweight slab is already the most efficient solution of the market in relation to material consumption, minimizing the environmental impact. In addition, the use of perforations for the passage of facilities currently reduces the height required on the ground of non-residential building and promoting the possibility of having an additional plant for every x plants built. The design of the HOLEDECK ACTIVE BASIC slab allows integrating systems and elements specifically designed for standard modular ceilings, as well as geometries and adapt to conventional modulations.

In addition, this slab can thermally activate by the integrating system Uponor TABS (Thermal Active Building System). By a framework of integrated circuits into the slab, water runs into the structure previously heated or cooled by any source of renewable energy (geothermal, aerothermal, solar…) to modify the temperature of the concrete slabs and use its inertia. This way, the slabs contribute to cooling and heating the environment in a healthy way, silent, without air drafts and according to the needs and comfort of air conditioning required at all times.

HOLEDECK ACTIVE BASIC contributes to the achievements of buildings NZEB and European targets of Circular economy. Running costs are reduced by more than 30% regarding existing buildings, and energy consumption by up to 60%.


Image. Operation of a HOLEDECK thermally activated slab..

Image. On site-installation of TABS system of Uponor conduits..


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Conference which will be analyzed from different perspectives the integration of structures and facilities by thermal activation and compatible systems installations. It will be discussed from different perspectives such as the promotion phase, design and construction . It will be done the presentation of the research project Retos “Holedeck Active” in colaboration with Eduardo Torroja Institute and IECA

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Structures that must resist seismic loads have to be designed and conceived under this premise from the very beginning of the process. This fact is so relevant that can (and should) affect in a general way the selection of the structural system.

In general, every seismic-resistant building consists of three types of elements:

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Since installations have become a fundamental aspect of projects, with a significant presence in the overall budget, and volume of the building, designers have tried to integrate them as much as possible with the building, making them coincide with other architectural elements such as structure and envelope.

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Complex layout (image courtesy of the architectural team)

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On October 6 the winning project for the "Centro Integral del Transporte de Madrid" designed by Andrés Perea Ortega, Lourdes Carretero Boltrán, Julio de la Fuente Martínez and BAC Engineering, was presented in the Tetuán’s District Board.

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HOLEDECK es la estructura del futuro hoy. Designed as a more sustainable lightweight slab, by reducing considerably the consumption of concrete, las exclusivas patentes mundiales de HOLEDECK permiten la realización de estructuras con nervios perforados matricialmente para paso de instalaciones.

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Welcome. From HOLEDECK we are convinced of the structure’s relevance in sustainability. We believe that future structures should have the smallest direct and indirect impact on the carbon footprint, should be flexible, and allow for versatility which translates in greater possibilities of configuration and uses, which can contribute actively and/or passively in the construction of nearly zero-energy buildings (nZEB). That is our commitment.

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Since 2012 HOLEDECK lanzó el revolucionario sistema Ho 45 (45 cm. depth + cc), the clients demanded a version with less thickness for its implementation in housing and tertiary industry. After a development phase, HOLEDECK anuncia la salida al mercado del nuevo sistema de menor canto Ho30 (45cm. depth + cc.), designed for spans less than 8 m.

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24 of April, 2017

On October 23 of March, HOLEDECK participated with Florentino Regalado Engineers, Julio Touza Arquitectos, Estudio Lamela, Julio Touza Arquitectos and Estudio Seguí, among others, and exposed the main features of the system, generating wide acceptance and curiosity by those present.

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