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GKD - Sustainability as a template

Sustainability as a template
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Bead blasted stainless steel mesh on the greenest campus in the world; Two new halls of residence are being constructed on the campus of Education City in Doha for students from across the globe.These new buildings are setting international standards with the highest LEED certification available (Platinum). An intelligent sustainability concept makes for the most trendsetting study environment ever. The facades of the buildings comprise large-area solar protection elements made from bead blasted stainless steel mesh by GKD –Gebr. Kufferath AG.

The international academic elite meets with Arabian tradition on the Education City campus. The university includes branches of the world’s most important universities. When planning the new halls of residence, emphasis was placed on respecting the local culture in combination with sustainable construction techniques and the latest technologies. Two single-sex halls of residence with a mixed study and work area will be home to as many as 1,200 students from the spring of 2013. Solar cells on the roofs, waste water filtration and reprocessing, as well as efficient indoor air conditioning all serve to considerably reduce the ecological footprint of the buildings. In keeping with the idea of unity and solidarity with the local culture, the buildings also use 280 sun protection elements made of stainless steel mesh that display Arabian characters. Some 7,000 square metres of the Omega 1520 mesh were bead blasted for this application. The various patterns used for the male and female residential blocks can also be found at many other areas within the building.

The panels, which are up to 13.5 metres in length and 4 metres in width, were bead blasted using templates to create the desired finish. This technique was developed by the GKD subsidiary in America and is being used here on a large scale for the first time. The bead blasting process is used to create the patterns and characters in the material. The contrast to the glossy stainless steel generates a pronounced 3D-look, which will become even more apparent over time as the blasted sections darken. The sun protection properties contribute to the metallic mesh’s positive energy balance as a sustainable building material. As an easy care, low-maintenance material that provides consistent and reliable performance for decades, the mesh is more than capable of withstanding the extreme weather conditions in the Gulf region. The high sun protection efficiency, coupled with the high degree of daylight transmission and weather resistance, thereby supports the sustainable building concept. At the end of its service life, the mesh can also be recycled with virtually no loss of quality. Its sustainable character therefore makes the decorative stainless steel mesh the ideal material for use in a building complex that can stake a claim as being home to the greenest student halls of residence in the world.

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