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Campaign for Accessibility in Buildings

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On April 28, 2022, the first of 12 online meetings was organized as part of the “Campaign for Accessibility for Accessibility in the Context of Sustainable Construction” in the form of ThinkThank by the founding members of SPCleantech, the Department of Housing Environment Development and the Małopolska Center for Energy Efficient Construction of the Cracow University of Technology.

In the first industry meeting, the topic of which was to discuss the basic issues related to the so-called Universal Design, or how we should understand the design of products, environment or services in such a way that they are maximally useful for everyone, without the need for adaptation or specialized design, participated as an expert Janusz Kahl, CEO at SPCleantech.

Janusz Kahl presented one of the best examples of inclusive architecture, which is the office building of 18 Danish Organizations of Persons with Disabilities (DPOD) realized in 2012 in Høje Taastrup near Copenhagen. The building in the form of a starfish with a surface of 12,600 m2 called “the world’s most accessible office building” – is a great example of universal design.

The House for Organizations of People with Disabilities was built with and based on the 2006 UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, which Denmark acceded to in 2009. This convention emphasizes that accessibility is a human right and this building shows how to create accessibility and thus achieve equality in the broadest sense. The building also implements the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, in particular the UN’s 17 Global Goals “Leave No One Behind” principle, and reflects fundamental human rights principles of equal treatment and non-discrimination. The principle is part of Goal 10 to minimize inequality and Goal 11 to create sustainable cities and communities.

The Krakow University of Technology campaign aims to connect the scientific community with the industry community in order to present problems in the field of universal design in connection with the issues of energy efficiency, which are decisive – apart from eliminating spatial barriers – for economic accessibility. Sustainable construction, understood as environmentally friendly, effective and sustainable, in order to fully implement the goals of sustainable development, should follow the architecture designed in accordance with the principles of universal design, i.e. for all people to the greatest possible extent. The main idea of ​​the Campaign is to increase awareness resulting from respect for man and nature, that is, to promote the trend of human-centric and pro-ecological architecture, i.e. knowledge about availability and energy efficiency.

The campaign consists of:

  • 12 industry meetings in the ThinkThank formula, i.e. short talks between experts on the most important challenges and issues in the field of energy efficiency and availability
  • Debate with entrepreneurs, academia and local authorities
  • A series of workshops expanding knowledge in the field of energy efficiency, sustainable development and accessibility
  • Arch -Eco conference organized by the Department of Housing Environment Development at the Faculty of Architecture of the Cracow University of Technology (May 2022).
  • Thematic competition for students
  • Exhibition of competition works

Below is a brief description of online industry meetings in the ThinkThank formula. Participation in thinkthank meetings is free.

ThinkThank # 1: Principles of Universal Design
The topic of the industry meeting was to discuss the basic issues related to the so-called Universal Design, or how should we understand the design of products, environment or services in such a way that they are maximally useful for everyone, without the need for adaptation or specialized design.

ThinkThank # 2: Are we in danger of a climate catastrophe?
In this respect, the reduction of air pollutant emissions plays a key role in preventing further, such rapid changes to the natural environment. The direct response to contemporary climate threats is, inter alia, which more and more detailed analysis of topics related to air pollutant emissions, but also energy-efficient construction.

New construction law
The amendment to the construction law mainly included changes in the design and development of a plot of land or land, architectural and construction design, and technical design.

How to build a house yourself without a permit 35 / 70m2
It is possible to build a house with a small area without even a building permit. The growing demand for this type of investment confirms that for many people a small house space does not have to be associated with a lack of comfort. Our experts will talk about the details of this type of investment.

NZEB buildings, passive is it worth it?
In 2021, the nearly zero-energy buildings standard (nZEB) was introduced in all European Union countries. European. Buildings with such low energy consumption respond to the problems of improving the quality of the environment. Our experts will talk to the question “Is it worth it”.

The future of photovoltaics
Rising electricity prices mean that photovoltaics is constantly enjoying great interest not only among individuals, but also in many enterprises.

How to choose a heat pump
The selection of a heat pump is a very important aspect of a renovation cost estimate or a new building under construction. It is not the price and the brand that decides whether a heat pump will be cost-effective. It often happens that heat pumps are selected oversized, and thus have unnecessarily increased amounts. That is why the correct selection of the pump is so important.

How does the airtightness of a building affect energy consumption?
Building airtightness plays an important role in energy consumption. Reaching for a simplified real-life example taken when the building is not airtight and the wind blows at high speed outside. As a result, more than necessary gets into the building and, for example, in winter it increases the cost of heating a given room.

How to get financing to build an innovative home
There are various sources of funding for the construction of energy-efficient houses or, more generally, green houses. Programs that allow you to raise additional funds when building or renovating a home include the program My Electricity, My Water, Clean Air or thermo-modernization reliefs.

How to properly thermo-modernize buildings, including historic buildings
While discussing this topic, it is impossible not to mention which historic buildings can be renovated and what to do to obtain a thermo-modernization consent. It is worth noting that there are ways to improve the thermal parameters of buildings without interfering with the facade.

How to ensure thermal comfort in an apartment / office
Thermal comfort is also known as thermal comfort and is a reference to the state of a person who does not pay attention to the ambient temperature at the moment. In other words, it is a situation when, for example, a person working at a computer is neither too cold nor too warm at a given moment. Thermal comfort is influenced by the type of heating, ventilation or air conditioning used in the room.

Innovations in construction
Construction is a dynamic industry in which changes are constantly taking place. The buildings erected today differ greatly in technical terms, from classical buildings, e.g. from several dozen years ago. Innovations include advanced recuperation techniques, ground heat exchangers, home sewage treatment plants, and more and more efficient photovoltaic panels. Parallel to the introduced changes, for example, research on the use of the PV module in windows and doors or the use of hemp materials in biobuilding is underway.