The The Hague International School is an international learning and living environment for pupils in the ages from 0 through 18 years. Class rooms, lab rooms, teachers’ rooms, offices, but also lounge rooms, canteen, music and drama rooms, theatre, and sports hall are situated around the central entrance (glass house). Besides a nursery was realised in the building. This space is leased to third parties.

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Installations, Flexibility & Sustainability

An important starting point at the design for the technical installations was the realisation of sustainable energy measures. Among other things, this has resulted in fitting in or taking into account the following measures:

  • The concrete mass is cooled of (concrete-core activation) by means of hybrid cooling towers. In this way sufficient cooling capacity is generated to keep the class rooms and other rooms at an acceptable temperature level during the summer, without making use of electrically generated cooling machines;
  • High-yield boilers with a low temperature heating system;
  • Adiabatic cooling of the ventilation air;
  • The wind wall for the benefit of electricity generation;
  • Applying PV cells for electricity generation;
  • Solar panels to support the warm tap water preparation.

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For educational purposes, by means of a number of displays close to the entrance will be made visible which capacity is generated under own management at a certain moment. Within the framework of sustainable energy measures, so-called daylight regulation was applied as well, whereby the lighting fixtures at the façade depend on the amount of daylight that is dimmed back. This was combined with the application of an advanced light switching system with which by means of software modifications in controlling the lighting become possible very flexibly.

The heating and ventilation of the Atrium takes place by making use of the return air from the adjacent wings. The heat contents of this return air can cover an important part of the heat demand. Residue heat is recovered at the location of the air treatment cabinet and used to heat up the cold outside air. All accommodations are thus ventilated, heated up and cooled off in an adequate and energy-saving manner.