With 150 single occupancy units set over six floors the accommodation provides students with a range of modern, high quality and eco-friendly residential spaces.
Using cross-laminated timber has the capacity to halve the embodied carbon in the building relative to a concrete structure and the project is set to receive *Passiv Haus certification. In conjunction with the root top solar panels, Passiv Haus dramatically reduces operating carbon emissions.
The XLAM panels (produced in Trentino, Italy), are prefabricated panels characterized by a variable thickness (from 57 to 297 mm). The panels can have from 3 to 9 layers for a maximum length of 13.5 meters and a width up to 3.5 meters. The layers are composed of wooden slats and are crossed and glued together using only glue without formaldehyde.
XLAM panels are innovative and high-performance building materials, characterized by high resistance, flexibility and sturdiness. They have the advantage of combining the load-bearing property of laminated wood with the two-dimensionality and solidity of plywood.
The structures thus constructed also exhibit characteristics of environmental sustainability expressed in terms of energy savings, seismic resistance and fire resistance.
The project comprised of: (over the 5 levels, 1st level concrete base) 1668 m3 XLAM panels, 74 m3 glulam (glued laminated timber), 1393 tonnes of stored CO2.
*Passive House is a holistic construction certification standard, allowing Certified Passive House professionals flexibility to determine the most suitable building geometry based on usage and location. Passive buildings are thus comprised of a set of design principles used to attain a quantifiable and rigorous level of energy efficiency within a specific quantifiable comfort level under a “fabric first” design philosophy. To that end, a Passive House building is designed and built in accordance with five building-science principles: airtightness, thermal insulation, mechanical ventilation heat recovery, Passive House (high performance) windows, and thermal bridge free construction.