Toshiba Heating and Air Conditioning and ASA (Sustainability and Architecture Association) have granted the ReHabilitando 2016 award to an idea that stands out for its research and innovation in the use of water as an energy source, the use of artisanal construction techniques and proposal for participation of local artisans in the manufacture and development of architectural solutions, climatization and energy proposals.
Elena Oleza and Juan Montaña, architects of the Polytechnic University of Valencia and David Gomez industrial engineer from the University of Valladolid are the winners of the ReHabilitando 2016 award, organized by Toshiba Heating and Air Conditioning and ASA (Sustainability and Architecture Association).
This award aims to promote among the new generations of architects and engineers, the culture of environmental sustainability and energy efficiency in the construction and rehabilitation of buildings.
In this issue, Toshiba and ASA were looking for ideas to create an innovative HVAC, insulation and energy system for El Molino de Testar in Paterna, Valencia an historic building of industrial architecture that in the future will house a Museum of Energy.
Artisan construction techniques
The winning project, according to the justification of the jury, outstands for its research and innovation in the use of water as an energy source, its commitment to artisan construction techniques, the participation of local artisans in the manufacture and development of architectural solutions, HVAC and energy proposals, and the proposal to ensure the best use of space for the community.
ReHabitando2016 has had the participation of a total of 33 projects, which have been presented by a total of 100 professionals, all architects, engineers and students from all over Spain.
The three winning projects will get a total of 6,000 euros in cash to be shared among them. Although they also have the option to exchange them for apprenticeships in Toshiba or its distributors, financing and advice for creating a start-up or to pay for a graduate course, for the same amount.
According to Carlos Gomez, general manager of Toshiba Heating & Air Conditioning “with this contest we intend to promote collaborative work among the new generations of engineers and architects around sustainability and with special focus on the use of revolutionary new air conditioning and environment systems such as aerothermal technologies enabling to drastically reduce the energy consumption compared to traditional systems. “