Energy Modularization – Bioclimatic Responsive Housing
This encompasses development of a new generation of systems that can dramatically change a building’s performance by utilizing bioclimatic effects on site that can be captured and transformed on the scale of an individual building. Central to the system success is the development of an on-site energy center and energy control for automated environmental regulation. Residential building systems will need to become more sustainable to conserve building resources and mitigate the impact on state and federal government funded infrastructure to meet the demands of growing populations in cities well into the future.
Infratech have developed:
- Techniques and technologies to create sustainable building enclosures.
- Methods to efficiently capture and transform energy.
- Control systems to regulate environments in changing environmental conditions.
- Modular building material components that are smart systems with data logging and sensors.
Central to Infratech’s system development is modulation of form, surface geometry and type of building material including the use of natural and active ventilation and heating/cooling systems, to maintain consistent interior temperatures, reduce glare and maintain comfortable environmental conditions. Infratech building systems for housing reduce overall energy consumption and water consumption and draw where possible a zero energy from the mains supply.
Advantages of the Infratech system include the following:
- Integrated energy control and regulator system for building and associated bioclimatic nano-sensors.
- Automated systems for environmental regulation for a building utilizing energy Balancing from capturing bioclimatic resources with environmental regulation.
- Smart infrastructure including micro grid and multi-demand distribution on site including real-time bioclimatic adjustment.
- Self-sustainable systems for environmental conservation off grid or limited grid supplemented systems including thermal reservoirs.
- Modular façade systems that assists with bioclimatic control.
- Water recycling systems to maximize water conservation.
- Automated systems for water treatment and water conservation control.
- Control system for environmental regulation, which can incorporate different levels of materials and amount of bioclimatic resources utilized or available.
Thermal control using Phase Change Materials (PCMs)
Automated systems for environmental regulation include the use of solar collectors to pass heat to a heat bank of PCMs within Infratech building system. The heat is passed to the heat bank via a vector and contained within the building fabric). The heat from the heat bank is then liberated when it is required to heat the building and reversed when cooling is required. Infratech has developed;
- Current knowledge in the use of PCMs.
- Implementation of PCM’s in ‘Energy Modularization for Prefabrication’
- Full energy auditing to assess energy exchange rates and efficiencies.
Development in St Ives, New South Wales, Australia
Many of the technologies described above along with a number of others will be deployed in our first development in St. Ives for Seniors (above 55 years in age). This will reduce their Utility costs and allow a Comfortable Green Life Style. It is marketed under the name Bonheur (the french term for Happiness) through a registered sales agent.