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The Premonstratensian monks of Windberg Monastery run a youth education center for which they commissioned a new dormitory block. The nature and duration of use of the various groups of rooms played an important role in determining the energy concept for the building. The rooms that are used for longer periods of the day are separated from those that are used briefly. The two sections of the building were also constructed with different materials (figures 5.1 and 5.2).

Guest Building, Windberg: upper, ground and lower ground floor plans.

Guest Building, Windberg: southern façade.

Guest Building, Windberg: eastern façade.

The southern tract houses the lounge areas and the bedrooms, which can be divided in different ways. The rooms on this face are more attractive, with an open view of the landscape through broad areas of glazing (figures 5.3 and 5.4). A direct exploitation of solar energy and daylight was also possible for heating and lighting the spaces on this side, which are used for longer periods. To reduce temperature extremes and to permit storage of thermal energy, this tract was constructed with heavy, thermally sluggish materials. Opaque areas of the south-facing external walls were also clad with translucent thermal insulation (figure 5.5). This allows solar radiation to pass through it, but minimizes thermal losses. The south-facing external wall is thus heated up during the day and passes on the thermal energy to the internal spaces after an interval of five to six hours, beginning in the early evening (figure 5.6). In other words, during the night, when external temperatures are at their lowest, the outer wall functions as an inward-facing solar heating area (figure 5.8). During the summer months, overheating is prevented by the broad roof projection and external louvered blinds.

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Guest Building, Windberg: temperature curves in south-facing external wall on a clear January day.

The northern tract contains the sanitary facilities and storage spaces, as well as the circulation route through the building. These spaces are distinguished by the fact that they have a generally lower average temperature level, since they are used for only short periods. In the shower rooms, for example, a higher temperature level is required for only two to three hours a day. This tract was, therefore, equipped with a quickly functioning warm-air heating system. To minimize heat losses through ventilation, a heat-recovery unit was installed in the attic space. The hot-water supply is provided largely from solar energy by means of vacuum-tube collectors on the roof.

Part of the teaching program of the youth education center is to make the functioning of the building comprehensible to young guests. This is accomplished by providing them with insights into the use of environmentally sustainable forms of energy through "passive" and "active" constructional systems and through the mechanical installations that play a role in the energy balance. The architectural effect of the newly developed south-facing heating wall is immediately visible in the façade and is tangible internally. The service runs, solar storage units and collectors are exposed to view, and a display panel which is installed in the entrance area shows changes in temperature levels.

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