Bioclimatic office-greenhouse prototype

The aim of the research project is to develop and build a prototype of a novel energy-autonomous office-greenhouse with symbiotically functioning areas for office and plantation use. The project develops pathways for the energetic upgrade of existing greenhouses and office buildings as well as the construction of future, bioclimatic and energy self-sufficient hybrid-building. The district nursery in Berlin-Charlottenburg provides a place and infrastructure for building the prototype.

The idea is to combine the bioclimatic requirements for office people in terms of temperature, humidity, light and oxygen with bioclimatic conditions for plants in greenhouse environments and thereby significantly reduce the building's energy requirements.

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The Chair of Climatology is responsible for developing and implementation of the bioclimatic monitoring for this pioneering building concept. The experimental lab and makerspace (link to makerspace website ) are used for construction and testing of low-cost measuring stations that are able to record air temperature, humidity, lighting intensity, mean radiative temperature and wind speed in the bioclimatic office-greenhouse. These low-cost observational systems are based on building instructions of the do-it-yourself project CoMoS (Comfort Monitoring Station Link ). CoMoS consists of a microcontroller (ESP32), air temperature and humidity sensor (Si7021), temperature sensor (DS18B20) for recording the mean radiation temperature, light intensity sensor (BH1750), wind sensor (Rev C.) and other components.

This joint project is funded by the Deutsche Bundesstiftung Umwelt (DBU). Project partners are architects, civil and building engineers, energy technicians, botanists, manufacturers of seasonal thermal storage and CO2-neutral building technology, as well as experts for convertible shading elements.

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Project collaborators:

  • sbp sonne gmbh (Koordination)
  • Technische Universität Berlin, Institut für Bauingenieurwesen, Fachgebiet Entwerfen und Konstruieren-Massivbau (Koordination)
  • Bezirksamt Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf von Berlin
  • Senatsverwaltung für Bildung, Jugend und Familie Berlin
  • Freie Universität Berlin, Botanischer Garten Berlin
  • Modesta GmbH
  • Viessmann GmbH & Co. KG