Renovation of KBC data centre in Mechelen
The new way of working
Owing to strict safety regulations for data centres, the original building had a closed appearance. Over time, the interior had developed into a patchwork of dark, unattractive spaces. The renovation was intended to create an open workspace suitable for the new way of working and also aimed to make it possible to accommodate additional staff. Thanks to a large number of innovative measures, the renovated building was already in compliance with the 2020 NZEB (Nearly Zero Energy Building) legislation as early as 2016.
Nearly zero energy
Due to the building’s natural ventilation, very little mechanical cooling is required. Moreover, as heat is recuperated from the data centre, no extra energy is needed for heating. Insulating measures, such as extensive insulation (K29) and automatically controlled, movable sun blinds on the outside, contribute to the low energy requirements of the climate control system. LED lighting, 1,600 m2 of window space for abundant daylight and presence-absence detection keep energy consumption for lighting low. Solar panels, which together generate 167 KWp, supply the building’s energy needs.