E-Cube | Zero Energy Testing House

 

E-Cube overzicht

 

The E-cube is a zero energy test house for researchers developing energy efficient building components and systems. It is a full scale test facility, operated by the Research Group Building Physics of Ghent University, to investigate innovations designed for the zero energy buildings of the future in realistic climatic conditions. Recent research contributes to the development of energy efficient ventilation systems, and investigates the influence of environmental parameters (wind speed, direction, solar irradiance, temperature, relative humidity) on the indoor air quality with particular focus on volatiles released by building materials.

 

History

2009

2009:

Start of the E(nergy)-cube as student project within the research group Architecture and Urban Planning of Ghent University  

 

 

2011

2011:

Participation in the worldwide Solar Decathlon in the U.S - a contest among universities to design and build a solar energy driven house

16th PlACE GLOBAL - 1st PLACE FOR MOST AFFORDABLE  DWELLING

 

2014

 

2014:

Re-built at the site of Ostend Science Park, in Ostend, as living lab for scientific research on zero energy buildings.

 

 

Principles of design

  • Passive house principles
  • Affordable and modular DIY package
  • Phased: upgrades with extensions
  • Plug and play for all techniques
  • Structural flexibility: pallet racks as load-bearing elements

Research Topics 

  • In-situ performance of energy systems
  • Energy neutral construction concepts
  • Quality of the indoor environment
  • Building physical performance of building components
  • Validation of simulation models for energy use and indoor air quality in buildings
  • Downpour load on facades

 

More information

For more information, please contact Prof. (Research group Architecture and Urban Planning).